Punjab Police treats murder as accident,HC hands case to CBI

Holding an investigation done by the Punjab Police in a case of alleged murder as “vitiated”,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday handed over the probe to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Updated: April 17, 2014 5:48 pm

Holding an investigation done by the Punjab Police in a case of alleged murder as “vitiated”,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday handed over the probe to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Criticising the Punjab Police for shielding the actual accused and projecting a case of “murder” as a case of accident,the court directed the central agency to take over the investigation from Gurdaspur Police.

The directions were passed by Justice Mahesh Grover on a petition filed by one Surjit Singh,father of Pratap Singh. Pratap’s body was found on a road in Gurdaspur on October 1,2010. Surjit had alleged that Pratap was murdered by the family members of a girl (name withheld) who had an affair with Pratap.

The father,through his counsel Surinder Singh Siao,had alleged that Pratap was having an affair with a girl of the same village Sarchur in Gurdaspur district. This was not acceptable to Surjit Singh and the girl’s parents. To end this,Surjit got Pratap married to some other girl in 2010. However,the petitioner alleged that even after Pratap’s wedding,the girl and Pratap remained in touch.

As a result,the girl’s family members allegedly abducted Pratap on October 1,2010 and murdered him. Advocate Surinder Singh contended that the Punjab Police acting at the behest of the accused projected it to be a case of an accident. To corroborate his claim,the petitioner placed on record call records of the deceased and the girl. The father alleged that according to the Punjab Police,Pratap died after falling from a bus on the fateful day. As per the Police,the incident took place at around 3:50 pm. The father placed on record call records of the girl’s mobile phone which showed that phone calls were exchanged even after the alleged time of incident.

Moreover,the route of the said bus from which,according to the police Pratap fell,shows that the bus did not ferry passengers from the said area on the said date. The father alleged that a family member of the accused is employed with the Punjab Police and is influencing the investigation. It might be mentioned here that two Special investigation teams (SIT) were constituted by the Punjab Police on the representation of the father but to no avail.

On Tuesday,when the petition came up for resumed hearing,Justice Mahesh Grover questioned the police officials as to whether they investigated into the call records and other claims made by the petitioner.

Passing strictures against the Police officials,the Court handed over the probe to CBI.

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