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HC pulls up Chandigarh in Virbhadra’s kin murder probe

CBI had rejected Chandigarh’s recommendation stating that the UT police was competent enough to probe the matter

The Hush Post: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Chandigarh administration to apprise the court of all relevant facts on CBI probe recommended in the murder of Akansh Sen, a relative of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

The next date of hearing is on September 19. The high court bench of Justice Rajan Gupta has said that if proper instructions are not given to Chandigarh’s counsel RS Rai by September 19, the home secretary will have to be present in the court along with relevant records.High court pulls up Chandigarh

According to a news report, Chandigarh was to apprise the court whether it had made recommendation for a CBI probe as per the laid down norms. The CBI had rejected Chandigarh’s recommendation stating that the police was competent enough to probe the matter.

On April 19 this year, the high court had set a five-month deadline for the Chandigarh trial court to complete the trial.

Also, Ramanjit Kaur, mother of one of the accused Balraj Randhawa, has sought CBI probe alleging harassment by Chandigarh police, in a plea pending before the court.

Akansh Sen was allegedly run over thrice run over by a BMW car on February 9, 2017, in Sector 9, Chandigarh following a brawl with the accused. The incident occurred after a group of friends went for a party at Boombox Café, co-owned by Sen. Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, grandson of the erstwhile PEPSU chief minister Gian Singh Rarewala, is accused of murder. Rarewala was arrested on February 16, 2017. The other main accused Balraj Randhawa, the son of a former sarpanch of Fatehgarh Sahib, is still at large.

The police had alleged that the accused Balraj Randhawa, who was driving the car, was provoked by Rarewala to ‘hit and kill him’.

 

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