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Eight months after ‘murder’,no FIR; mother alleges being forced to enter into compromise

HC asks SSP why probe be not given to CBI.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: May 17, 2013 2:33:07 am

HC asks SSP why probe be not given to CBI.

It’s over eight months since a hapless mother,despite having orders from the High Court and Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to the Chandigarh Police to investigate the “murder” of her son,has been awaiting justice.

Rather than registering an FIR,the police are allegedly forcing the mother,Mithlesh Rani,to enter into a compromise with the suspects. If she does not oblige,she will be implicated in false cases by the Chandigarh Police,the mother has alleged.

While,according to the Chandigarh Police,Vinay Kumar committed suicide,findings of the post-mortem report belie police’s claims. The injuries found on the body do not suggest that they could have been self-inflicted by Vinay,31.

Aggrieved,Rani,a resident of Sector 40,has again approached the High Court.

Showing no faith in the Chandigarh Police,she has demanded an independent probe into the “murder” of her son by the CBI. Taking note,the High Court on Thursday issued notices to the UT Home Secretary and Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh. The court has asked the police to explain why the probe be not handed over to the CBI.

Notices have also been issued to the Deputy Superintendent of Police (South) and Station House officer,Sector 9,Chandigarh. The court has asked the police officers to respond to the accusations levelled by the mother.

It was in September 2012 when Vinay’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan under mysterious circumstances at his house in Sector 40. The mother has alleged that Vinay was murdered by his wife,her “associates” and his body was later hanged to make it appear a case of suicide.

Significantly,the post-mortem report mentions three external injuries,on neck,shoulder and stomach,which could not have been self-inflicted. When no FIR was registered for over a month,the mother moved the High Court in October. On October 31,2012,the High Court directed the SSP to decide Rani’s representation within two months.

A police officer was asked to look into the matter by the SSP in November 2012 but to no avail. Aggrieved,the mother filed a complaint before the PCA.

The scene of incident was reconstructed at the same place by a team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory,Sector 36-A,Chandigarh,on December 19,2012.

Smelling a rat,the PCA on March 1 ruled that “the inquiry needed serious re-consideration. It is said that a person may tell a lie but circumstances do not. The circumstances in this case are relevant and incriminating. The IGP,UT,Chandigarh is requested to hand over the inquiry of this case to a senior officer for a fair and impartial conclusion”.

Despite this,the mother has alleged,the Chandigarh Police is forcing her to enter into a compromise. Else,she and her other family members will be implicated in false cases.

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