Kotkhai CBI probe status report

Kotkhai CBI probe: Agency assures submission of final report on October 11

Shimla: The Central Bureau of Investigation on September 21 filed its fourth status report in the mind-boggling probe relating to the gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai, Shimla, and custodial killing of one accused.

The premium investigation agency was expected to make crucial revelations regarding the truth behind the gruesome incident but again failed to file its final report.

A division bench comprising of acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma opened the report, but again expressed disappointment over CBI’s slow pace of investigation in this highly sensitive case. The court did not find the report comprehensive.

However, the CBI said the investigation is in final stages but it required four more weeks to submit a detailed comprehensive report. The agency argued that the reports of the brain-mapping tests conducted on five accused are still awaited.

The agency said the accused were still at the Central Forensic Science Lab in Gujarat and it may take over two weeks for the reports to arrive.

The court gave three weeks to the agency and asked it to file its final report on Octobor 11.

The agency claimed that the investigation into the custodial death of Suraj, an accused, is complete and it would file a chargsheet soon.

Earlier, the eight police officials arrested by the CBI on August 29 in relation to the custodial death were sent on 14-day more judicial custody by a local court in Shimla on September 20.

While seven of them including the Deputy Superintendent of Theog, Manoj Joshi, will remain at the Kanda jail, then IG Zaidi, managed to secure a special ward at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla following chest pain.

Considering the assurance given by the agency to the court regarding the submission of the final report, the eyes of parents, relatives, and people of Himachal are on the next hearing scheduled for October 11.

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