The Haryana Director General of Police (DGP), S N Vashist, has sought explanation from the three DSP-level officers who were indicted in the report submitted by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Panchkula, Rahul Sharma, pertaining to the lapses in investigation in the Jyoti murder case.
Jyoti, 24, a resident of Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur district, was found murdered in Sector 21, Panchkula, on the intervening night of November 21 and 22, 2012. After a trial for 16 months, a local court acquitted all the 12 accused in the case, including MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, citing ‘lack of evidence’ and ‘faulty investigation’.
“We have received the report which indicted the three DSP-level officers and two ASIs for their role in the investigation, which was also pointed out in the judgment of the court. Therefore, we have asked the officers to submit an official explanation, following which I will write to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to take suitable action,” said Vashist.
The report aimed to find out if there were any lapses in investigation on part of the police. According to the report, the investigation of five police officials -DSP Virender Sangwan (the first Investigating Officer), DSP Ajay Rana (the then SHO, Sector 5), DSP Suresh Kaushik (member of SIT, former ACP Naraingarh), Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Surinder Singh and ASI Jai Singh (for their questionable deposition in court) -has come under the scanner.
While action against the three DSP-level officers will be taken by the Home Ministry on communication with the DGP, Rahul Sharma, DCP, Panchkula, will take action against the two ASIs.
“I have send the show cause notices to the two ASIs to justify their stand, following which an action will be taken,” said DCP Rahul Sharma. Meanwhile, District Attorney APS Parmar and the DCP have sent their recommendations regarding the case to Deputy Commissioner S S Phulia for an appeal in the higher court. “I have gone through the reports and approved it for the final appeal in the high court,” said Phulia.