Declining bail pleas of 2 murder accused, HC quashes directions of state agency that ‘created ambiguity’ in probes


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The bench asserted that Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, shall ensure that police officers and public prosecutors are properly sensitised about their responsibilities and duties and to further strictly adhere to the statutory provisions of law in respect of the investigation in crime.

Justice Manoj Bajaj giving more directions to Punjab, Haryana, and UT Chandigarh, said: “In every case, where after registration of FIR, investigation has commenced, no representation/request on behalf of accused to examine his/her innocence shall be entertained by police and no parallel inquiry shall be initiated.”

While declining the bail pleas of two accused in separate cases, the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the instructions of the Director Bureau of Investigation of Punjab issued in 2017 regarding conducting of preliminary inquiries and procedure to deal with complaints.

Justice Bajaj, giving more directions to Punjab, Haryana, and UT Chandigarh, said: “In every case, where after registration of FIR, investigation has commenced, no representation/request on behalf of accused to examine his/her innocence shall be entertained by police and no parallel inquiry shall be initiated.”



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