| Payal Surekha |
Dhubri, Nov. 23: The Bangalore city and sessions court has upheld the order of Bangalore additional chief metropolitan magistrate, asking the CBI to investigate the Payal Surekha murder in the city on November 11.
The CBI had filed a criminal revision petition under Section 379 CrPC, challenging the order dated August 9 this year, in the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Bangalore.
It claimed that only a high court had jurisdiction to order an inquiry by the central agency.
However, the fast track court handling the case upheld the lower court’s order.
The Payal Surekha murder case was registered in J.P. Nagar police station on December 17 last year.
Payal, 29, an employee of Dell, was the daughter of Dindayal Surekha, a businessman from Bongaigaon in Assam.
Her husband Ananta Narayan Mishra allegedly murdered her at their Bangalore flat in J.P. Nagar.
Mishra ran a gymnasium in Cuttack and had recently shifted to Bangalore to be with Payal.
Although police had earlier arrested James Kumar Roy, an estranged friend of Mishra, who allegedly committed the crime, Payal’s parents were not satisfied.
In view of a superficial investigation into the murder by the police, Dindayal had pleaded with the court of Bangalore additional chief metropolitan magistrate to hand over the case to the CBI.
Dindayal told The Telegraph from Bongaigaon that he pleaded before all the police high officials for proper investigation, but no one paid any heed.
“I then moved Bangalore High Court and filed a writ petition. It then directed the lower court to pass the direction either for a CBI or CID inquiry,”Surekha said.
Dindayal expressed satisfaction at the Bangalore city and sessions court judgment upholding the decision of handing over the case to the CBI. He added that he wanted to get his daughter’s murder case investigated by an independent agency, as he suspected that there were more people involved in the case.
“It is true that my daughter Payal will never come back, but I want to set an example, so that no one can dare commit such a crime,” he said.
Trial in the Payal Surekha murder case is yet to begin in the Bangalore city and sessions court.
“We are through with our investigations,” Sonia Narang, deputy commissioner of police (Bangalore South) told The Telegraph today.
The report was submitted well within six months of the murder.
With additional reporting by Rakesh Kombra in Bangalore