The Hush Post| 2:06 pm|one-minute-read|
The Himachal Pradesh government has once again suspended Inspector General of Police ZH Zaidi, DGP Sitaram Mardi said Thursday.
However, he refused to disclose the reason for the suspension.
Sources said he has been suspended after IPS officer Soumya Sambasivan told a CBI court that she was being pressured by Zaidi to change her statement in the Suraj custodial death case.
Though, when asked why Zaidi was suspended, the DGP said he has been suspended by the home secretary, “talk to him to know the reason why he was suspended”. Zaidi was posted as CEO of the State Wakf Board.
Previously, Zaidi was suspended in 2017 after his arrest in connection with the custodial death of a Nepalese national. The death of rhe Nepalese was subsequent to the Gudiya rape and murder case and then reinstated in November last year.
Eight police personnel, including IG Zaidi and DSP Manoj Joshi, were arrested by CBI on August 29, 2017, while DW Negi was arrested on November 16, 2017.
Suraj, an accused in the Gudia rape and murder case, was killed in the Kotkhai police station in July 2017.
The 16-year-old girl had gone missing in Kotkhai on July 4, 2017. Her body was found from Halaila forests two days later. The post-mortem had confirmed rape and murder.
Following a public outcry, a special investigation team, headed by Zaidi, was set up by the then Congress government.
The SIT arrested six persons and after the custodial death of Suraj. The High Court had handed over the investigation of both cases to CBI.