The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the center and the Uttar Pradesh government over a petition seeking a CBI investigation into the death of a Kanpur-based businessman, with six policemen charged with murder.
The panel of judges DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna issued a notice to the Center and the UP Government and requested a response. The bench posted the command for further listening after the Diwali break.
Lawyer Amit George, who appeared on behalf of the businessman’s widow, said that immediately after the incident, a press release was issued by Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office saying that the government would recommend an investigation with the CBI. So far the CBI has not registered the case and there is no investigation being conducted by the SIT set up by the state government. He said that no recreation of the crime scene had taken place so far.
The court said it is issuing a notice in the matter. Manish Gupta, 36, died in a hotel in Gorakhpur during a police raid. He was staying with two friends at the hotel.
Police earlier denied the charge and said he was hit in the head after falling to the ground while drunk. On September 29, the murder case of six policemen involved in the raid was registered. Gorakhpur, DM Vijay Kiran Anand, said the policemen booked for the murder are JN Singh, Assistant Inspector Vijay Yadav and Valmandi Police Chief Akshay Mishra.
The authorities had arrested the policemen, including Ramgarh Taal SHO, and handed over the investigation to the (City) Police Director. In her petition filed through Attorney Anand Shankar, the widow of the deceased said that her husband’s death was a cold-blooded murder in a hotel room in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by some local police officials. She said her husband was on a visit to Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh in the last week of September 2021 and accordingly he checked in at Krishna Palace Hotel which is under the jurisdiction of Ramgarh Taal Police Station.
On September 27, some police officers from the police station, station officer Jagat Narayan Singh, Assistant Inspectors Akshay Mishra, Vijay Yadav, Rahul Dubey, Police Chief Kamlesh Yadav and Constable Prashant Kumar arrived at the hotel in the last hours. At night. In a shocking display of police violence and brutality, they proceed to brutally assault the petitioner’s husband, resulting in his death.
It is noteworthy that the incident of brutal violence and torture to which the petitioner’s husband was subjected was confirmed after the autopsy report. She claimed she was pressured not to name any of the police officers, and senior officials in the local administration and police discouraged her from going to court under the shocking rationale that a lawsuit in court would take years and years.
However, adding to the petitioner’s anguish and grief, the CBI did not assume responsibility for the investigation until the date of the present petition, even though a period of approximately three weeks had elapsed from the date of the petition. An official announcement, she said in her plea.
Disturbed by the failure to take the appropriate action to take charge by the CBI, the petitioner directed representation to the CBI and relevant officials of the Uttar Pradesh government via email, in connection with a CBI investigation such as in accordance with the recommendations made by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh To register the FIR and conduct the investigation required to prevent possible destruction of evidence and to ensure that the accused does not escape justice.
In this case, she said, influential and well-connected local police officials are themselves complicit in the horrific murder, greatly increasing the chances of evidence being destroyed and providing avenues for defendants to escape the hands of justice.
The petitioner has no confidence in the investigation being conducted by the Special Investigations Unit given the status and authority of the accused and the public actions taken by the local administration and police authorities to protect them initially, before eventually succumbing reluctantly to public pressure and calls for accountability. Accordingly, the petitioner calls with the utmost respect for the CBI to investigate the current matter relating to the aforementioned horrific incident.