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High Court ticks off govt for fixing probe deadline

Kamduni rape-murder: Questions absence of forensic report

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday took a serious note of the absence of the forensic report in the chargesheet submitted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to a Barasat fast track court in the gangrape-murder of a college girl in Kamduni,and told the state government that there should not be any pressure on the investigating agency to file the chargesheet within a particular timeframe.

“Such timeframe damaged the investigation,” said Justice Joymalya Bagchi in an indication to the 15-day deadline announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to submit the chargesheet.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Bagchi was hearing a PIL seeking monitoring of the case by the court.

On Wednesday,almost a month after the incident took place,the CID submitted a chargesheet in the case at the fast track court,but the judge pulled up the investigating agency for conducting a shoddy probe and filing an “incomplete chargesheet”.

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Today,Advocate General Bimal Chatterjee told the High Court that the forensic report was not submitted along with the chargesheet as the CID was yet to receive it.

Stating that forensic experts have gone to flood-ravaged Uttarakhand and are busy there,Chatterjee sought a month’s time to make the forensic report available.

The court agreed to this and posted the matter to July 30.

The forensic report is crucial to the investigation,as it would prove whether the 20-year-old girl was subjected to rape/gangrape or not. A senior government counsel told the High Court that the postmortem report concluded that the girl was strangulated but the rape could be determined only through a forensic report.