HC slams Chandigarh Police for deliberately delaying investigation
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The delay tactics adopted by Chandigarh Police in probing the fatal accident involving an SUV earned it Punjab and Haryana High Court's wrath. While the HC, in its last hearing, had asked the police to explain the procedure of investigation it adopts in cases of accidents and other crimes, the Chandigarh Police on Friday filed an affidavit on handling of accident cases.
"Can you not even read the court order properly?" Justice Amol Rattan Singh asked. The Bench remarked, "The HC feels that the investigation is being delayed deliberately." Expressing strong disapproval, Justice Amol Rattan Singh observed, "Nobody follows the investigation procedure properly. They sit back in police station. The ball swings into action only when the kin of victims are compelled to gather evidence on behalf of the police officers."
Refusing to accept the affidavit, the court on Friday asked the Chandigarh Police to respond to the court's queries. Police has also been asked to explain, by next week, whether it has decided to add the offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 of Indian Penal Code) to the present FIR or not?" In a related development, the high court on Friday allowed an application moved by owner of the offending vehicle to be impleaded as party to the petition filed by the father of one of the deceased.
'Not possible to ascertain the speed of the offending vehicle'
To ascertain the speed of the Audi, the offending vehicle, the Chandigarh Police had sought a report from Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh. The laboratory submitted that it cannot ascertain the speed of the vehicle. Taking a dig at the CFSL, after reading the report, Justice Amol Rattan Singh remarked, "Oh wonderful! What are they running this laboratory for?" The Bench referred to the photographs clearly showing the damage by the offending vehicle.