Shimla: Having failed to get a complaint about a missing person lodged with the police and other civilian authorities, the Himachal High Court took cognizance of a letter as a criminal writ petition and directed the Superintendent Police of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh police district to file an affidavit under oath in the case.
In a suo motto action by the court, Chief Justice Kurian Joseph had a criminal writ petition registered after the police had failed to lodge either a FIR or trace one Vijinder Singh, a resident of Jagalpur in Nalagarh area as his wife Satbir Kaur failed to get the police register the matter or act upon the missing complaint since June, 2010. The court acted upon a letter written by Kaur to the chief justice.
Narrating the incident leadings to her husband going missing, Kaur let the court know in her letter that five persons, namely Rachpal Singh, Anshu, Jaipal Singh, Lovely and Narangi, beat up her husband on 6 June, 2010.
On approaching the police, neither an FIR was registered nor a medical examination for injuries sustained was got done.
Following no action taken by the police, Vijinder Singh went missing on 7th June, though he was seen alive by witnesses till 11 p.m.
Fearing her husband to have been murdered, Kaurâ€™s attempts to get a missing person complaint lodged and have the case investigated have failed.
Taking cognizance of the case, the court has directed SP Nalagarh to file an affidavit on the action taken in the case by 13, December, when it comes up for next hearing.
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