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SC grants bail to ex-Himachal IGP in custodial death case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday granted to former of Police (IGP) Zahur Haider Zaidi, an accused in the case related to the custodial death of a man who was among those arrested on charge of gang-raping a minor school girl in in district in 2017.

A bench comprising and Justices and Sanjiv Khanna, while granting to Zaidi, said that it would later deal with the aspect of transferring the trial to from a court in

The apex court had in November last year sought responses from Zaidi, of Police (Theog) and six other policemen as to why the trial against them not be transferred to a court from

The had earlier told the court that though the charge sheet has been filed, the trial in the case "has not seen the light of the day" and hence, the case be transferred to a court for expeditious disposal.

The probe agency had said that Zaidi, being the former IGP, may influence the witnesses in the case and, moreover, other accused are also policemen.

The top court had suggested that let the trial continue in a court and in the meantime, it would grant to the former IGP and restrain him from going to Himachal Pradesh except for attending the court proceedings there.

Earlier, it had granted interim bail for a week to Zaidi, who had moved the apex court against the order refusing to grant him bail in the case.

Zaidi had sought interim bail on the grounds that he had to attend the post-death rituals (Chhehalum) of his mother from November 6 to 8, 2018 in Lucknow,

The High Court had dismissed Zaidi's bail plea, saying it would not be appropriate to release him on bail at this stage as the alleged crime was of serious nature and a detailed investigation was required in the case.

Zaidi and seven others were arrested in the custodial death case of Suraj, who was found dead at the police station on July 18.

The has already filed the charge sheet against the accused.

A 16-year-old girl had gone missing in on July 4 last year and her body was found from the on July 6.

The post-mortem report had confirmed rape and murder and a case was registered.

Amid a huge public outcry in the state, an SIT headed by Zaidi was constituted by the then Virbhadra Singh-led government.

The SIT arrested six persons, one of whom died in police station, following which the High Court handed over the investigations of both cases to the on July 19.

The CBI had arrested Zaidi, DCP Joshi and the other policemen with regard to the custodial death.

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First Published: Fri, April 05 2019. 20:00 IST