IO ‘rapes’ drug case accused’s wife, HC orders CBI probe
Chandigarh: When an accused in a drugs case moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court after eight months in jail and his wife’s alleged rape by a “bribe-seeker” investigating officer, the best he hoped for was bail.But Justice Rajan Gupta ordered a CBI probe into the case after the Bench was told that the same officer, ASI Gyan Ishwar, allegedly poured acid into the mouth of another accused following his refusal to admit his role in contraband smuggling.The petitioner accused, name withheld to protect his wife’s identity, was seeking regular bail in a case registered against him on August 12, 2017, under the NDPS Act at Maqsudan police station in Jalandhar. The police had claimed that the accused was found in possession of 160 gm of intoxicant power containing alprazolam.During the course of hearing, his counsel referred to the petition to submit that the ASI concerned started demanding money from his wife after implicating him in the case. The officer also started visiting the petitioner’s house and harassing his wife. “Ultimately, he committed rape on her,” he added.Taking note of the contention, the court sought reply from the Jalandhar SSP. In response, the police maintained that the petitioner was involved in the NDPS case. It was added that the wife did not deviate from her stand on rape, but the allegations were not found to be truthful in an inquiry.Justice Gupta asserted it was clear that the wife had not retracted from her statement on rape. Exercising the court’s inherent jurisdiction, Justice Gupta directed the Punjab Government to hand over the entire case record to CBI Superintendent of Police for entrusting the investigation to a competent officer. Staying trial in the case, Justice Gupta also set two-month deadline for the submission of a status report in the matter.