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Kotkhai CBI Probe: Court declines extension of remand, sends accused police officials to 14-day judicial custody

The defense lawyer, however, convinced the magistrate to decline further remand and to send all eight accused to 14-day judicial custody. The defense said that the agency was making unreasonable excuses to get an extension.

Shimla: The Central Bureau of Investigation’s plea for extension of remand of eight officials of Himachal Pradesh Police Department, who were arrested in relation to the custodial death of an accused, Suraj Singh, was declined by a court in Shimla.

eight arrested police officials including then Inspector General of Police, Zahur H Zaidi, and then Deputy Superintendent of Police, Theog, Manoj Joshi, were on September 7 produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ranjeet Singh Thakur.

The CBI again filed a plea for extending the remand for four more days. The agency argued that some lab reports are still awaited, which were crucial in the questioning.

The defense lawyer, however, convinced the magistrate to decline further remand and to send all eight accused to 14-day judicial custody. The defense said that the agency was making unreasonable excuses to get an extension.

The CBI had arrested eight police officials on August 29 and took them on a seven-day remand. The accused were produced in the court on the expiry of remand period on September 4.

In this hearing, CBI had managed to get three-day more remand arguing that the belts, batons etc., which were used in the killing of Suraj Singh in police custody, were still to be recovered.

On September 7, the remand period expired and CBI again moved a plea for another extension of four days. However, the court declined it this time.

The court said the next hearing will be conducted through video conferencing on September 21.

As per sources, during the hearing on September 4, the CBI had claimed in the court that it has clinching evidences against the arrested police officials. It was reported that CBI will file the chargsheet against the accused very soon.

The fresh evidence that has been collected against the arrested policemen will strengthen CBI’s investigation,

said a CBI source.

If these reports were to be believed, the CBI has cracked the case of custodial death of Suraj but was struggling to get a strong lead in the gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai region of Shimla district between 4 to 6 July.

Though CBI is tightlipped after the State High Court pulled up the agency over the leak of information to media, despite that some media sources claimed the five accused arrested in the rape and murder of the minor were taken to Gandhi Nagar in Gujrat for narco test.

The reports said narco test could be conducted on the accused police officials too.

The agency appears to be struggling to unearth what actually happened with the victim girl and who are the real culprits if the DNA report gave a clean chit to all arrested accused.

Therefore, it is believed that through narco analysis test CBI might get a major breakthrough in the rape and murder of the minor girl. More police officials could be arrested, suggest the sources.

Photo Courtesay: The Tribune

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