A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of eight police officers arrested for the custodial death in Gudia gangrape and murder case by another 14 days.
All the cops including Inspector General of Police (IG) Zahur H Zaidi, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) (Theog) Manoj Joshi, the then Kotkhai Station House Officer (SHO) Rajender Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal and Rafiq Ali and constable Ranjit Singh were produced before the court via video conferencing on Wednesday.
The court remanded the accused cops into judicial custody for another 14 days. While the seven cops are lodged in Kanda jail, Zaidi is still admitted in Indira Gandhi Medical Hospital (IGMC) Shimla after he complained of chest pain.
Zaidi is still undergoing treatment at the hospital and he was produced before the court through video conferencing from the hospital.
The officials were earlier remanded to judicial custody till 20 September and their custody was going to end on Wednesday.
The Police officials who were part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the government to probe Gudia case were arrested by CBI on 29 August.
The cops were arrested for the custodial death of one of the accused, Suraj, a Nepalese national on the intervening night of 18-19 July.
Gudia, a Class 10 girl from Kotkhai, had gone missing while returning home from school on 4 July. Her body was found in the woods on 6 July. Her autopsy had confirmed that she was raped and strangulated to death.
The state SIT had arrested Ashish Chauhan, Rajender Singh alias Raju, Deepak, Subhash Singh Bisht, Suraj (who was killed in police custody) and Lokjan for the ghastly crime on 12 and 13 July. Police officials did not divulged any details regarding Ashish’s role in the crime.
On 19 July, the Court had directed the CBI to probe into the Gudia case, along with custodial death case.
The CBI had taken five accused in Gudia gangrape and murder case to Ahmedabad lab to conduct narco test to unravel the mystery behind the ghastly crime.
The CBI would submit status report in High Court on 21 September and the agency is yet to announce any breakthrough in the Gudia case.