July 11, 2015 1:50:26 am
The son of slain Uttar Pradesh journalist Jagendra Singh has moved the Supreme Court, seeking a CBI inquiry into the death of his father, allegedly at the behest of a state minister and some police officers.
The petition has requested the top court to transfer the investigation and prosecution of the accused in the case to a CBI team, comprising officers from outside the state, and with a direction to proceed on an expeditious basis.
The plea, which is to be argued by senior counsel Colin Gonsalves, has stated that the local police has been trying to hamper the investigation of the case and the family had lost faith on them.
It has also pleaded the court to frame guidelines for the protection of journalists, who, the petition said, were important actors in guaranteeing freedom of speech and expression of citizens of this country.
It asked for a speedy and effective grievance redressal mechanism for journalists apprehending assaults and other acts of victimisation, and for prosecution of offenders by an independent agency. The petition has also sought for a comprehensive victim and witness protection policy.
Shahjahanpur-based journalist Jagendra Singh was set on fire allegedly by a group of raiding policemen who had come to investigate why he was writing on the social media against state minister Ram Murti Singh Verma.
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