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Tripura HC, after monitoring a SIT probe into untimely death of a women and her husband, handed over the case to the regular court

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Tripura, Jul 22 (ILNS) The Tripura High Court on July 16 , disposed off a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) arises out of Suo Motu cognizance taken by the High Court on untimely death of a young married lady which was preceded by some unfortunate incidents of the village people gathering and humiliating her for her alleged extra marital activities, saying that since the Special Investigation Team have done their job so now we withdraw from the same. Let the normal criminal justice delivery system to take over.

When the above PIL was pending, the husband of the lady also committed suicide. These two cases were clubbed together for common investigation. Preliminary investigation carried out by the Investigating Officer was not progressing as desired by the Court . Therefore the Court had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to carry out further investigation. The SIT so constituted, has submitted its report on July 14, 2021 in a sealed cover for the Court perusal. This report gave detailed steps painstakingly undertaken by the Investigating Officers under the supervision and guidance of senior members of the SIT.

The report suggested that the investigation is at an advanced stage and very shortly the SIT would be in a position to submit its final report before the concerned Court. During such investigation, the SIT has also added certain offences against persons already booked as accused.

The Division Bench of Justice S. Talapatra and Justice Akil Kurshei was fully satisfied with the investigation carried out by the SIT held that and in that view of the matter, the Court’s role in this PIL must be over.

“ We would, therefore, like to withdraw from this issue and allow the normal criminal justice delivery system to take over. We are, however, anxious that the issue must reach finality as soon as possible”, said the Court.

The Bench  disposed the PIL  with following directions :

(i)As assured by the SIT in its report dated 14.07.2021, let the final report upon completion of investigation be submitted before the concerned Court. (ii) Upon such a report being submitted, the concerned Courts shall thereafter proceed in accordance with law. (iii) If charge-sheets are filed against any of the accused, we expect that the entire trial would be completed within a period of six months from the date the corona related restrictions on the functioning of the Courts are lifted.

“Though not necessary it is clarified that nothing stated by us in this order or any of the previous orders would prejudice the accused in their defence. All the accused would have the fullest opportunity to prove their innocence and like any other criminal trial the starting point would be the presumption of innocence of the accused. The trial Court shall decide the case unmindful of any of the observations made by us. If during the course of trial the SIT perceives any threat to any of the witnesses, necessary steps or witness protection shall be taken. PIL disposed of accordingly”, the order reads./ILNS/SNG

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