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Supreme Court Orders CBI Probe into Alleged Murder of Manipur Girl: Emphasizes Fair Criminal Investigation [Read Judgment]

By Jhanak Singh      27 March, 2024 01:09 PM      0 Comments
Supreme Court Orders CBI Probe into Alleged Murder of Manipur Girl Emphasizes Fair Criminal Investigation

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has highlighted the importance of fair and effective criminal investigation, observing unresolved crimes tend to erode public trust in institutions, established for maintaining law and order.

A bench of Justices J K Maheshwari and Sudhanshu Dhulia ordered transfer of probe to the CBI into alleged murder of 25-year-old girl from Manipur, in Delhi in year 2013.

The Delhi High Court on May 18, 2018 dismissed a writ petition by the appellants, two cousins of the girl, for CBI probe.

The court allowed the plea "to remove any doubt from the minds of kith and kin and to bring real culprits to justice since an investigation by the Special Investigation Team ordered by it has remained ineffective during the pendency of the proceedings".

The appellants who hailed from Ukhrul district in Manipur. They suspected rape and murder of the girl.

Initially, Delhi police filed an FIR for abetment to suicide in the case on May 31, 2013 three days after the girl's body was found at her rented accommodation in Delhi's Chirag Dilli area. It was later converted into case of murder. However, two post mortems, including one by AIIMS doctors, conducted on the body did not give an exact cause of death though it recorded 11 injuries on the body.

"Apparently there seems to be no reason for a young girl of 25 years of age to commit suicide. Prima facie it does not seem to be a case of suicide. The crime scene shows that blood was spattered on the floor and the bed sheet was completely drenched in blood. It appears to be a homicidal death and therefore the culprits must be apprehended," the bench said.

Rejecting the plea for CBI probe, the HC had said the polygraph test conducted on the suspects landlord Raj Kumar and his brother in law Amit Sharma on December 26, 2013, could not lead to any conclusion on their involvement. Secondly, the DNA of the semen samples recovered from the undergarment of the deceased did not match with the DNA samples of the accused and thirdly, the boyfriend of the deceased had not joined investigation, he was absconding and could not be traced.

On behalf of Delhi police, Additional Solicitor General K M Nataraj recorded no objection if the case is transferred to the CBI.

Maintaining that it would not comment on the fairness of the investigation, the bench said, "Unresolved crimes tend to erode public trust in institutions which have been established for maintaining law and order. Criminal investigation must be both fair and effective."

The apex court directed the CBI to submit its complete investigation report or charge sheet before the court concerned as expeditiously as possible.

 

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