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Cops pay for delay in probe of cases

Senior superintendent of police Jitendra Rana has put three police officers under suspension for delay in filing chargesheet against accused in the cases they were investigating.

The newly appointed senior superintendent of police (SSP), Jitendra Rana, said the three police officers-cum-investigating officers had either evaded or proceeded on leave. Chargesheets have to be filed within 90 days of FIR being filed, failing which the accused can seek bail. The accused in the aforesaid cases thus got a chance to seek bail.

The SSP took the action on the basis of the public prosecutor’s confidential report. “The police allegedly extort money from the accused to delay chargesheets,” said a lawyer, Mohammad Asif.

District magistrate Anupam Kumar said he has requested public prosecutors to forcefully argue their cases and deny wrongdoers bail.

Sadar police station investigating officer C.B. Paswan was handling a case under Dowry Act, lodged in August. He neither made any arrests nor filed any chargesheet on time. All the accused in the case got anticipatory bail.

Awadhesh Ram was investigating officer in a case of burglary at a shop in Zero Mile Chowk under the jurisdiction of Ahiyapur police station in September last year. He arrested a youth on the charges of robbing cash and valuable items from the shop but did not bother to file a chargesheet. He, too, got bail.

Similarly, Bochahan police station investigating officer Maheshwar Mandal proceeded on a four-day leave on May 22 and has since not been traced. The accused in the case he was handling, in which a young girl was tortured in February, got bail as no chargesheet was filed.