The Bombay High Court on Wednesday sought compliance from the state government on its previous orders passed on issues of the police force, including recruitment, weapons policy and the mechanism it had to deal with old and unsolved criminal cases.
A division bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice A A Sayed was hearing a PIL filed by Pune resident Ashwini Rane questioning the probe skills of the local police. Ashwini’s husband Nikhil was murdered by unidentified assailants on November 23, 2009 outside his office in Pune, but none of the agencies investigating the case so far — the local police, Pune Police Crime Branch, CID and even the CBI — could get any lead as to who the culprits were. The HC said CBI be made party in the case.
“There should be some system by which if the police inspector is not in a position to crack the case then the senior police officer should take stock of the situation. This case took place in 2009. Shouldn’t a superior apply his mind,” said Ashwini’s counsel Anil Anturkar.