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Speed up trial in custody death case: HC

THE ALLAHABAD High Court has directed that trial proceedings in a custodial death case, which is before a lower court at present, be completed as expeditiously as possible. The court disposed of a writ petition filed by Rama Devi, wife of the deceased Ran Vijay Singh. The court said the award of compensation by it could be postponed till a decision was taken by the lower court.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 00:01 IST

THE ALLAHABAD High Court has directed that trial proceedings in a custodial death case, which is before a lower court at present, be completed as expeditiously as possible.

The court disposed of a writ petition filed by Rama Devi, wife of the deceased Ran Vijay Singh.

The court said the award of compensation by it could be postponed till a decision was taken by the lower court.

Issuing these directives, a Division Bench, comprising Justice Amitava Lala and Justice RN Mishra, observed that finalization of the case would not be construed as denial of compensation.

The petitioner shall have the liberty to file a fresh petition immediately after disposal of the proceedings in the lower court.

Ran Vijay Singh had died in police custody a few years ago. The case was investigated and a chargesheet was submitted before an appropriate court. The court took cognizance of the matter.

The trial is continuing.

Rama Devi filed a writ petition, requesting the High Court to direct the respondents to pay Rs 10 lakh to the family of the deceased as compens
ation.

The petitioner also requested the court to direct the respondents — the State Government, and others — to disclose the present posting of the accused —  sub-inspector Raja Ram Singh and head constable Mohammad Shamim Hasimi.

The petitioner also sought directives to arrest and produce them in the lower court for a criminal trial.

Disposing of the writ petition, the court observed, “The petitioner’s own case is that she is satisfied with the investigation and filing of the chargesheet.

Therefore, at this stage, a parallel investigation, if directed by this court, will certainly affect the proceedings before the trial court. Moreso, there might be possibility of different result of the investigation when the petitioner will be sufferer. Aimless argument of the counsel appearing for the petitioner may destroy her own case. We have to keep our eyes open in respect of the interest of the litigant.”