In Tihar Inmate Death Case, Court Seeks Jail Report On Witness Protection

In Tihar Inmate Death Case, Court Seeks Jail Report On Witness Protection

In Tihar Inmate Death Case, Court Seeks Jail Report On Witness Protection

Delhi High Court final week ordered switch of probe into the Tihar Jail inmate’s demise to CBI. File

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court at this time sought a standing report from the jail authority on the steps taken to make sure the protection and safety of witnesses within the alleged homicide of inmate Ankit Gujjar in Tihar jail and directed that they be stored in a cell in an space underneath CCTV monitoring.

Justice Mukta Gupta, who final week transferred the investigation from Delhi Police to the CBI, saying the inmate “misplaced his life to custodial violence”, additionally sought the medical report of two witnesses who have been allegedly not receiving correct therapy regardless of struggling “grievous” accidents” in the identical incident of assault.

The CBI counsel knowledgeable the court docket that it has registered an FIR into the investigation.

Ankit Gujjar, 29, was discovered lifeless inside his cell in Tihar jail on August 4.

“Director General (Prisons) will file a standing report indicating measures taken to make sure the protection and safety of petitioners 1 to three is being maintained and in addition on give up, security and safety of petitioners 4 and 5 will even be maintained.

DG will even be sure that the petitioners 1-3, in custody, and petitioners 4 and 5, who will give up on September 24, are stored inside an space the place the CCTV is absolutely practical in order that the ingress and egress to the cell is correctly monitored ,” ordered the choose.

The court docket was listening to a petition by the 5 witnesses looking for instructions to make sure their security and safety in addition to to restrain the authorities from “threatening/coercing/injuring them with a view to forestall them from looking for justice for themselves and the deceased inmate”.

“The Petitioners are all inmates of Delhi Prisons and are eye witnesses to the brutal homicide of 1 Ankit Gujjar (deceased), by Respondent No.1 officers, inside Central Jail No.3 on 03.08.2021,” the petition reads.

Two of the petitioners, it’s claimed, have been the co-inmates of Ankit Gujjar and victims of the identical assault and the opposite three noticed his public beating and the occasions resulting in his demise.

Lawyer Mehmood Pracha, counsel for the petitioners, apprehended menace, damage and strain from officers to coerce them into altering their stand.

Two of the petitioners, who have been launched on interim bail on the identical day, knowledgeable Ankit Gujjar’s household in regards to the occasions that transpired in jail and they’re scheduled to give up on September 24, he mentioned.

“The sequence of occasions clearly demonstrates the existence of an imminent menace to the lives of the Petitioners on account of the truth that they’re eye witnesses to a grotesque and brutal homicide contained in the jail premises by influential and highly effective jail officers, on the beheest of the best operating authorities of the administration,” the plea reads.

In its order handed on September 8, the court docket had acknowledged that the autopsy report “belies the model” of the jail officers {that a} scuffle came about by which each Deputy Superintendent and Ankit Gujjar obtained accidents.

Saying that it’s unfathomable that the jail physician did not see the a number of accidents on Ankit Gujjar, the court docket opined that an investigation was wanted into not solely the offense of brutally beating the deceased but additionally into “the position of jail medical doctors in not offering correct therapy on the proper time”.

The court docket noticed that the DIG Prisons “failed to note the connivance/laxity” of the jail deputy superintendent who didn’t allow the native police to go contained in the jail to inquire into the PCR name made in relation to the assault on the intervening evening of August 3-4.

In the petition for switch of investigation from Delhi Police, the household of Ankit Gujjar alleged that he was being harassed by the jail officers as he was “unable to fulfill their repeatedly rising calls for for cash” and was murdered “as part of pre- deliberate conspiracy”.

The matter could be heard subsequent on September 27.

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