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Akansh murder case: Cops say Randhawa fled country, CBI may take over probe

Akansh Sen, a relative of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, was run over by a BMW car in Sector 9 on February 9, 2017.

punjab Updated: Jun 03, 2018 12:42 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The information regarding the recommendation was shared in the Punjab and Haryana high court earlier this week by the UT in a petition.(HT File )

With the UT police officials probing the February 2017 murder case of Akansh Sen confirming that the prime suspect Balraj Singh Randhawa has fled the country, the UT administration has recommended the Centre to hand over the high profile case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The information regarding the recommendation was shared in the Punjab and Haryana high court earlier this week by the UT in a petition.

Akansh Sen, a relative of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, was run over by a BMW car in Sector 9 on February 9, 2017. Randhawa was allegedly driving the car, and was provoked by another accused Harmehtab Singh Rarewala to ‘hit and kill Akansh’.

While Rarewala, the grandson of the erstwhile PEPSU chief minister Gian Singh Rarewala, was arrested from Haridwar on February 16, 2017, Randhawa, the son of a former sarpanch of Fatehgarh Sahib, had been at large ever since the murder.

The challan in the case was presented in June last year, in which charges were framed against Rarewala under Sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. The matter is still underway at Chandigarh court. Meanwhile, Randhawa was declared a proclaimed offender (PO) in April last year, and the reward money on him was increased from ₹50,000 to ₹1 lakh.

An investigating official, requesting anonymity, said it had been confirmed that Randhawa had fled the country illegally, despite look out notice being issued timely.

Police officials said only the CBI can take up the matter with other international investigative agencies and it would be appropriate for the authorities to push for Randhawa’s extradition as the cops had managed to track his location and country.

Central govt nod awaited

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police on Friday told the court about the recommendation for CBI probe. However, no reason was cited for the same. A notification from the Central government is awaited.

The high court has now again asked the UT to specify the terms of reference for CBI probe by the next date of hearing . The court was hearing a petition by Ramanjit Kaur, Randhawa’s mother, who had alleged that the family was being harassed by the Chandigarh police.

First Published: Jun 02, 2018 13:27 IST