CBI FILES CHARGESHEET AGAINST EIGHT POLICE OFFICIALS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH INCLUDING AN IGP AND SEVEN OTHERS IN A CASE RELATED TO CUSTODIAL DEATH OF AN ACCUSED

Press Release
New Delhi, 25.11.2017

The Central Bureau of investigation has today filed a charge sheet u/s 120-B r/w 302, 330, 331, 323, 326, 348, 195, 196, 218, 201 of IPC and substantive offences thereof against 08 police officers/officials of Himachal Pradesh including then Inspector General of Police, Southern Range; then DSP (SDOP), Theog; a Sub-Inspector & then SHO, Kotkhai; an ASI; three Head Constables and one Constable in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Shimla in a case relating to death of Sh. Suraj Singh in police custody in the intervening night of 18-19 July 2017 at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla(Himachal Pradesh).

CBI had registered two cases on the orders dated 19.07.2017 of Hon’ble High Court of Himachal Pradesh, in CWPIL No.88 of 2017 and taken over the investigation of FIR No. 97 of 2017 dated 06.07.2017, under Sections 302, 376 of IPC & Section 4 of POCSO Act registered earlier at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) relating to rape & murder of a minor girl and another FIR No. 101 of 2017 dated 19.07.2017 U/s 302 of IPC earlier registered at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla relating to custodial death of one of the accused arrested by Local Police in connection with investigation of said FIR No. 97 of 2017. The Himachal Pradesh Police had earlier arrested six accused in this case. Out of these one had died under alleged mysterious circumstances in police custody for which separate FIR No. 101/2017 was registered by local police.

After taking over the investigation, CBI had arrested eight Police officials of Himachal Pradesh including then Inspector General of Police, Southern Range; then DSP (SDOP), Theog; a Sub-Inspector & then SHO, Kotkhai; an ASI; three Head Constables and one Constable, all working in Himachal Pradesh on 29.08.2017 in a case relating to custodial death of accused Suraj Singh.. All the said arrested accused are presently in Judicial Custody.

During further investigation , CBI had arrested the then Superintendent of Police, posted at Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) on 16.11.17 in the said case relating to custodial death of accused Suraj Singh. He is also presently in judicial custody.

Investigation is continuing.

The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.

 



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