Sp Shimla arrested in Kotkhai Gudiya Case

Former SP Shimla DW Negi seen smiling on his special day

CBI could not obtain permission to collect the samples as the counsel of the arrested police officials did not appear before the court.  Therefore, the court has scheduled the hearing for November 20.

Shimla: DW Negi, former Superintendent of Police, Shimla, also believed to be the blue-eyed officer of the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, maintained a continuous smile during his arrest in the case relating to the on-going investigation of custodial death of accused Suraj Singh.

Irrespective of the fact that arrest of an SP rank official was a matter of embarrassment to the entire State Police Department, he maintained the smile even after being sent on a four-days remand by the court. 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)confirmed the arrest of Negi on November 16 in an official statement. As per sources, the CBI has labeled charges of filing fake FIR, tempering with evidences, shielding the true facts and not conducting a fair probe in the case.

Arrested Police Officers in Gudiya Gangrape and murder case

DW Negi at Court Complex after he was sent on 4-days remand

Before the CBI took over the charge, Negi had supervised the investigation of the FIR lodged relating to the said custodial death under mysterious circumstances. In a media statement, then SP Shimla had given a description of how Suraj was killed by his co-accused Rajender inside the lock-up. He had spent a couple of days in Kotkhai after the incident.

All the pictures published by various dailies showed Negi smiling or staring at the media persons like he was mocking at them. Some of these media persons said Negi was either confident of his release or just baffled by the arrest, which made him to behave this way.

Gudiya Gangrape Case

DW Negi after being arrested at the Railway Board Building-based CBI office in Shimla

The ex-Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, Zahur H Zaidi was also seen smiling after being arrested by the CBI on August 29 with seven others including then DSP (SDOP), Theog, a Sub-Inspector and then SHO of Kotkhai police station, an ASI, three Head Constables and one Constable.

Zahur H Zaidi

Zahur H Zaidi on August 29 at the Court Complex in Shimla

All the accused police personals will complete 90 days in police custody on November 29. If the CBI fails to file a charge sheet against them before 30 November, all these accused will be eligible for bail.

After the CBI took over the investigation of FIR No. 97 of 2017 filed in the custodial death, Negi and a few other officials were summoned by the CBI for questioning over the custodial death at its Delhi-based headquarters in September.

The CBI had let him go without labeling any charges. However, after 75 days of arresting the said eight police officials, the agency made its ninth arrest.

The smiling faces of these high-rank officials appear to be mocking at the truth of Gudiya gangrape and murder as all remaining five accused were granted bail in October while the police SIT that had probed the case landed in jail.

If the sources are to be believed, the CBI does not have any concrete forensic, physical, or factual evidences in the Gudiya case that was filed on July 6, 2017 under Sections 302, 376 of IPC & Section 4 of POCSO Act at Police Station, Kotkhai, Shimla.  

The CBI has assured filing of a charge sheet in the custodial death by November 30, but demanded more time to complete the investigation in the Gudiya case. 

After the last hearing in the case, the CBI camped at Mahasu, visited Gudiya’s school, and questioned the Rajender alias Raju – a co-accused in the case who was framed by the local police for the killing of Suraj.

Meanwhile, the agency had sought permission from the court to collect voice samples of the all arrested accused. The court was expected to hear the plea today on November 17. However, the CBI could not obtain the permission to collect the samples as the counsel of the arrested police officials did not appear before the court.  Therefore, the court has scheduled the hearing for November 20.





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