BY- OJASVI GUPTA
The Allahabad high court ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged death of a 24-year-old man in Jaunpur who was in police custody on September 8, 2021. The High Court transferred the probe after observing that the police are shielding the accused by destroying evidence in an attempt to give clean chit to the accused.
The division bench of Justices S.P. Kesarwani and PiyushAgrawal was hearing a writ petition filed by Ajay Kumar Yadav of Jaunpur district, stating that, courts may order a fair investigation to meet the ends of justice in situations where the action taken by the police appears to be neither effective nor objective. The next hearing is to be held on September 20, 2021.
The case matter is about the death of 24-year-old Krishna Yadav, alias Pujari, who was allegedly locked up by the U.P. police in a loot case at Buksa police station. According to the complaint, Yadav’s brother was not allowed to meet him in the police station, nor they were allowed any sort of communication. The next day, information was received that Yadav had died.
Thereafter, at the complaint of the victim’s family, a case was registered against some police officers under Section 302 (murder) and other provisions of the IPC at the Buksa police station. Due to the custodial death, a judicial inquiry was entrusted in the matter to the chief judicial magistrate (CMJ), Jaunpur and it recorded the statements of 16 witnesses, however, it was not able to reach conclusion.
Court decided to comment on the case only when a fair investigation has been carried out by an impartial agency without under any influence, as there is sufficient material on record that suggests prima facie involvement of higher officers of the police administration in conspiracy, destroying evidence and creating false evidence to protect the accused.