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Saharanpur man murder: SC refuses to stay CBI probe

The appeal, filed by Haryana government against the HC order dated May 9, came up for hearing before the Supreme Court vacation bench of Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Ashok Bhushan.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
May 18, 2016 12:54:15 am

THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday refused to stay the Punjab and Haryana High Court order for a CBI probe into the murder of a Muslim man from UP’s Saharanpur, allegedly by members of Gau Raksha Dal in Haryana’s Kurukshetra, in April on the suspicion that he was a cattle smuggler.

It, however, stayed the high court order to transfer Kurukshetra district magistrate, SP, DSP and SHO of Shahbad police station. Mustain (27) was allegedly killed while he was transporting a buffalo from Shahbad in Kurukshetra.

The appeal, filed by Haryana government against the HC order dated May 9, came up for hearing before the Supreme Court vacation bench of Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Ashok Bhushan. The court, while issuing notice on the appeal, directed to list the case “for further interim order immediately after summer vacation before appropriate bench.”

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The HC, while handing over the probe to the CBI, had ordered that for a fair investigation, DM Rajnarayan Kaushik, SP Simardeep Singh, DSP Vijay Deswal and SHO Rajesh Kumar be transferred “to a far-off place at inconsequential posting within 15 days”.

In its appeal before the SC, the Haryana government submitted that petitioner Tahir Hassan, father of the victim, had moved a habeas corpus petition, but the HC on its own had handed over the matter to CBI without giving any valid reasons.

“Serious aspersions have been cast upon the entire district administration of Kurukshetra without even giving them any chance to represent themselves before the high court, thus violating principles of natural justice,” it submitted. The government added that the HC had failed to take into consideration that an FIR has been already registered against the accused and investigation was being carried out in the most professional manner.

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