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Court turns down CBI request for a three month period to submit report in Kotkhai case

The High Court today granted two weeks more to the CBI to file its status report in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl from Kotkhai.During the course of hearing, Anshul Bansal, counsel for the CBI, sought three-month time to complete the investigation, but the Division Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma, declined the plea of the CBI and directed it to submit its status report within two weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on August 17. The three-member SIT of the CBI, headed by SP, was also present before the court. It was informed to the court that three months were required for completing the investigation. However, the court granted only two weeks. The CBI also submitted its preliminary report in a sealed envelope with a request that the investigation was still going on and for completing it, the agency would take some more time. On this request, the court did not open the envelope and directed the Registrar General to keep it in safe custody. Passing this order, the court directed the CBI to file its complete report by August 17. In its earlier order on July 19, the court had directed the CBI to constitute a three-member SIT, headed by a Superintendent of Police to investigate the case. Apart from this, the court had also entrusted the investigation of custodial death of an accused in the rape and murder case with the CBI. It was on July 12 that the High Court took suo motu cognizance of the matter on the news reports published in the media. Thereafter, on July 17 the state had filed an application urging the court to direct the CBI to take over investigation in the incident.

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