A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday denied bail to arrested nine police officials, including Inspector General of Police (IG) Zahur H Zaidi in custodial death of one of the accused in Gudia case and sent them to judicial custody till 21 April.

The accused cops, including Zaidi, former Shimla SP DW Negi, DSP Theog Manoj Joshi, SHO Rajender Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal and Rafiq Ali and Constable Ranjit Singh were produced the court on Thursday.

The cops were accused of allegedly killing a Nepalese national, Suraj inside police station on the intervening night of 18-19 July.

On the hand, the CBI officials have speeded up investigations in Gudia gangrape and murder case after the arrest on one accused whose identity has not been revealed.

Sources said the officials have so far detained 7-8 persons on the basis of the statement of the arrested accused but all of them have been released after the questioning.

The CBI officials seems to be in action mode after facing rap from HP High Court and is all set to make further arrests in the case before the next date of hearing in 25 April.

Earlier on the HC had ordered the CBI director to appear before it as the investigating officials were seeking three more months’ time to solve the case.

Gudia, a tenth standard girl from Kotkhai, had gone missing while returning home from school on 4 July. Her body was found in the woods on 6 July with multiple injuries on her body. Her autopsy had confirmed that she was gangraped and later, strangulated to death.

Following public outrage over ghastly crime, the government had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) which had arrested six persons, one of whom was killed in police custody.