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CBI turns down Chandigarh admin’s request to conduct probe into murder of former Himachal CM’s relative

Sen was run over by a BMW car in the residential area of Sector 9 in Chandigarh on February 9, 2017.

punjab Updated: Aug 19, 2018 12:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Akansh Sen(HT File )

The Punjab and Haryana high court was told on Saturday that Chandigarh administration’s recommendation for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged murder of Akansh Sen, a relative of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, has been rejected by the agency.

The information was given during resumed hearing of a plea in the high court by CBI and concurred by the administration.

Sen was run over by a BMW car in the residential area of Sector 9 in Chandigarh on February 9, 2017.

The CBI in its response to Chandigarh administration’s proposal has reportedly replied that local police were competent enough to probe the matter. Hence, they should continue with it.

The court has now asked the Chandigarh administration to clarify whether it followed the legal provisions in recommending the probe. The CBI, too, was orally told to reason why it rejected the recommendation.

The Chandigarh administration had informed the high court in May this year of recommending a CBI probe, even as a plea by Ramanjit Kaur, mother one of the accused, Balraj Randhawa, also seeking a CBI probe while alleging harassment by Chandigarh police was pending in the high court.

It was on April 19 that the high court had set a five-month deadline for the Chandigarh trial court to complete the proceedings.

Brawl led to murder

Akansh Sen was allegedly run over thrice by a BMW car following a brawl. The incident allegedly occurred after a group of friends went for a party at Boombox Café in Sector 9, co-owned by Sen. Harmehtab Singh Rarewala is accused of murdering Sen. The police had alleged that accused Balraj Randhawa was driving the car, who was provoked by Rarewala to ‘hit and kill him’.

The main accused Randhawa remains at large and was declared a proclaimed offender by the court in April last year, and the reward money on him was increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

Rarewala was arrested on February 16, 2017. He is the grandson of the erstwhile PEPSU chief minister, Gian Singh Rarewala, and Randhawa is the son of a former sarpanch of Fatehgarh Sahib.

The charges against Rarewala were framed under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. The challan was presented in June 2017, and the case is being heard in a trial court.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 11:34 IST