The delay tactics adopted by Chandigarh Police in probing the fatal accident involving an SUV earned it Punjab and Haryana High Courts wrath. While the HC,in its last hearing,had asked the police to explain the procedure of investigation it adopts in cases of accidents and other crimes,the Chandigarh Police on Friday filed an affidavit on handling of accident cases.
Can you not even read the court order properly? Justice Amol Rattan Singh asked. The Bench remarked,The HC feels that the investigation is being delayed deliberately. Expressing strong disapproval,Justice Amol Rattan Singh observed,Nobody follows the investigation procedure properly. They sit back in police station. The ball swings into action only when the kin of victims are compelled to gather evidence on behalf of the police officers.
Refusing to accept the affidavit,the court on Friday asked the Chandigarh Police to respond to the courts queries. Police has also been asked to explain,by next week,whether it has decided to add the offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 of Indian Penal Code) to the present FIR or not? In a related development,the high court on Friday allowed an application moved by owner of the offending vehicle to be impleaded as party to the petition filed by the father of one of the deceased.
Not possible to ascertain the speed of the offending vehicle
To ascertain the speed of the Audi,the offending vehicle,the Chandigarh Police had sought a report from Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL),Chandigarh. The laboratory submitted that it cannot ascertain the speed of the vehicle. Taking a dig at the CFSL,after reading the report,Justice Amol Rattan Singh remarked,Oh wonderful! What are they running this laboratory for?” The Bench referred to the photographs clearly showing the damage by the offending vehicle.
A relevant paragraph of the report reads,It was not possible to ascertain the speed of the Audi before alleged collision as the actual energy dissipated due to obstacles i.e road divider,electricity pole and Tavera vehicle could not be estimated.
Two students from Ghaziabad and a taxi driver had died on the spot when their Chevrolet Tavera was hit by a luxury SUV Audi Q7 that crossed over the divider and rammed the taxi. The mishap took place on July 24 around 1 am on the Sector 17/18 dividing road. Initially,the Chandigarh Police had registered a case against the taxi driver who died in the accident. It was only after a hue and cry that a case was also registered against the driver of the SUV.
Bench is Hopeful
Though the high court reprimanded the Chandigarh Police for delaying the investigation,the Bench remarked that with the
new SSP joining,there is hope that the matter will be resolved. Whatever I know is that he (SSP) is an upright man. I am hopeful that he will look into it and resolve the case, the Bench remarked.
Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill,IPS,took over as new SSP of Chandigarh Police earlier this week.