SIT not cooperating in the Gudiya Gang Rape case: CBI told HC


The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Himachal Pradesh Police is not cooperating with the Central Bureau of Investigation probing sensational Gudiya Gang Rape & murder case, the CBI told Himachal Pradesh High Court today. The Counsel for the CBI, Mr. Anshul Bansal said that Special Investigation Unit of CBI contended before the division bench of Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma that SIT members were not cooperating the probe should be directed to assist the SIU.


Mr. Bansal said that member of SIT including Inspector General Zohar Header Zaidi was present in the Court and their counsel Satyander Jain furnished separate personal affidavits of seven SIT members in sealed envelopes regarding the investigation conducted between July 10 to July 23 before CBI took over the case. The Court fixed the next date of hearing on September 6 in the matter and ordered the CBI to come up with the proper channel after applying before the Court for seeking the order against the SIT to cooperate in the investigation.


He said that CBI would file the third status report regarding investigation on or before the court and also apply for seeking Court direction or order to assist the CBI on September 6. He said that bail application also came for the hearing of accused Ashish Chauhan before the Division Bench today. The Court directed the registry to list the bail application before the another bench. Mr. Bansal said that CBI decided to raise the issue before the court following the agency found the state SIT is trying to evade the investigation desired by the sleuth.


The CBI is yet to get consent of special judge CBI Shimla to seek the polygraph test on Ashish Chauhan and other accused arrested by the SIT now in judicial custody. I have contacted the junior counsel at the CBI special court Shimla three day ago and the court has yet to decide the plea. Meanwhile, CBI would have to wait for some day more as the CBI Court judge at Shimla was on training leave.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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