Tihar inmate death: Completed murder probe but want more time, CBI to HC

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday told the Delhi High Court that it has completed probe into the murder angle of Tihar inmate Ankit Gujjar, who was found dead in the jail premises, but sought more time to complete the investigation and for the final status report.

Special Public Prosecutor Rajesh Kumar, appearing on behalf of CBI, told the bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri that though they have completed the investigation for murder, the extortion probe is still going on.

The court then allowed the probe agency and more time and slated the matter for further hearing on May 6. It also stressed at continuing adequate security to the co-accused in the case. Earlier, the prison authorities have been asked by the court to provide adequate security to the co-accused in judicial custody.

On August 4 last year, Gujjar was found dead with multiple injuries on his body inside the premises of Central Jail No. A3.

As per the court’s directions, the investigation of the case is being conducted by the CBI.

The court was dealing with the plea filed by Ankit’s family, who had alleged pre-planned conspiracy behind the incident and he was being harassed by jail officials.

During the course of the hearing, advocate Mehmood Pracha, appearing for the petitioners, argued that the status report filed by CBI contained some incorrect facts and that he wished to file a reply in the same.

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