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Ten days later,inquiry against inspector still to take off

The government is yet to launch a magisterial inquiry into the death of 19-year-old Karan Pandey

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Published: August 7, 2013 1:51:56 am

The government is yet to launch a magisterial inquiry into the death of 19-year-old Karan Pandey,who was shot dead by a Delhi Police Inspector reportedly trying to stop a group of stunt bikers.

While government officials and the district magistrate of New Delhi district — where the alleged police action took place — had initiated the preliminary inquiry,the Revenue department Tuesday said the formal order to conduct the inquiry has not been issued yet.

“We have not received any formal order for conducting the inquiry till date,” said Dharam Pal,Divisional Commissioner.

The Chanakyapuri sub-divisional magistrate had recorded the statement of the injured victim,Puneet Sharma,a day after the incident took place on July 28. A second post-mortem examination was also conducted on the deceased’s body the same day,supposed to be part of the magisterial inquiry.

Government officials said the inquiry was not being taken ahead as of now in the absence of any formal orders. Sources in the Home department said the file,which contains the orders to initiate the magisterial inquiry,has not yet been approved by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.

The guidelines set by the National Human Rights Commission mandate a magisterial inquiry into any death in police action. However,when a magisterial inquiry was conducted into a person’s death in police action on September 2 last year in Khoda Colony,the same was countermanded by the then L-G Tejendra Khanna.

In that incident,mob violence and arson had left one dead and another with bullet injuries. The inquiry report in that case,which was later countermanded by the then L-G,had said that it was unlawful action of the police that instigated the mob violence; police resorted to lathicharge and opened fire on an unarmed public; family members of the person who died were illegally detained to prevent them from giving statements against the police; fire tenders were not allowed to reach the site of a petrol pump on fire; and the bullet removed from the injured person’s body was hidden rather than being made a case property.

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