No compelling ground to transfer case to CBI: HC

The Bombay High Court on Thursday said the probe into the murder of actor Laila Khan and five of her family members cannot be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 27, 2012 12:19:44 am

The Bombay High Court on Thursday said the probe into the murder of actor Laila Khan and five of her family members cannot be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) unless there is a compelling ground that shows the Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s inefficiency in dealing with the case.

Laila’s father Nadir Patel had filed a petition in the court seeking a CBI probe into the murder of Laila,her mother Shelina,her sister Azmina,twin siblings Imran and Zara and cousin Reshma. Six skeletons,believed to be of the six victims,were found buried on the premises of the starlet’s Igatpuri farmhouse earlier this month.

“Just because she is supposed to be a celebrity,the CBI cannot be asked to probe the matter. Give us some formidable ground to show inefficiency on the part of the police. You cannot just come and say give the case to CBI,” Justice A M Khanwilkar said.

In the petition filed through his lawyer Ejaz Naqvi,Patel had contended that the Crime Branch officers had found the skeletons after an inordinate delay as his family members had been missing since February 2011.

The court also directed Patel to make Assistant Police Inspector Sanjay More from the Crime Branch a respondent in the case as the former had made serious allegations against him. Patel accused More of harassing him on account of being a Muslim and falsely labelling his family members as terrorists. In an affidavit filed in the court,Patel had also alleged that Asif Sheikh,believed to be Shelina’s second husband,had,in connivance with police officers,sold Azmina’s shop in Lokhandwala.

The court further said it will seek an explanation from the police regarding the delay in probing the missing complaint filed by Patel. The case has been adjourned till August 23.

The Crime Branch had arrested Parvez Ahmed Tak,Shelina’s second husband,for the murders while his accomplice Shakir Hussain is absconding.

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