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HC asks CBI to probe teenaged boy's murder

The court also asked the CBI to ensure that the probe was conducted by an officer not below the rank of a DSP.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 10:21 IST

Expressing displeasure at the manner in which the police conducted investigations into the murder of a 15-year-old boy, the Delhi High Court has ordered the CBI to conduct a fresh probe into the incident.

Justice RC Jain, while directing the transfer of the case from the Rohilla Railway Police, also asked the CBI to ensure that the investigation was conducted by an officer not below the rank of a DSP in an expeditious manner.

The court passed the orders while dealing with a petition filed by one Meena, mother of the deceased boy Vikas, in which it was alleged that the local police was trying to whittle down the truth behind the murder by using a proxy accused.

According to Meena her son Vikas while working in the beedi factory of one Ram Lal Gupta developed an "emotional attachment" with the latter's granddaughter.

She alleged that Gupta who was against the affair got the boy killed on October 31, 2003 with the help of some persons.

However, it was alleged that in a bid to sidetrack the issue, another 15-year-old boy Vijay, a co-worker of Vikas, was arrested by the police and prosecuted before the juvenile court.

Meena maintained that the original killers and the conspirators had got off scot-free by the local police and had made Vikas a scapegoat.

Kishore Kumar, counsel for the petitioner, also submitted in the court findings of the post-mortem report, which stated "at least two persons were involved in the commission of offence because two different weapons have been used in the murder."

Considering the circumstances, the number, nature and extent of injuries found on the body of Vikas and the opinion rendered by the doctors with regard to the use of weapons, the High Court felt that prima facie there was something more in the case besides what has been projected by the local police.

"The investigation conducted by the local police does not inspire confidence. Though on the face of the material collected by police, Vijay is facing trial before the juvenile court, yet with a view to bring the truth to surface and rule out any lurking doubt which might persist in the mind of the deceased's mother, the court is of the opinion that the matter be entrusted for further investigations by an independent agency," Justice Jain observed while asking the CBI to take up the probe.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 10:21 IST