Perpetual deferring of hearing in BT Road daylight killing blasted
Decrying the sudden cancellation by an order released last night, of the hearing of Sanjit fake encounter case which was scheduled to be held today, Sanjit’s mother, Taratombi questioned to whom the priorities are given on the case.
At a press conference held today at the office of Human Rights Alert, located at Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi, she stated that she wants to know who killed his son.
It may be mentioned that as the case was being kept stalled after it was taken up by the CBI for investigation, Taratombi had filed a petition seeking impleadment to make her the third party in the case which was continually adjourned till date.
After Sanjit and Rabina were killed in a fake encounter at Khwairmaband market in 2009, the case was stalled even after Tahelka had blown the lid on the story. In the year, 2016, police constable Herojit had confessed that he had pulled the trigger in killing Sanjit on orders given by his seniors.
The investigation continued after a Trial Court gave the order in 2017 to CBI for further investigation. However, even if CBI gave their best efforts to solve the case, officer, AK Jhalajit took anticipatory bail in March 2017. The case reached its final argument after a counter rejoinder was filed in April 2017. Following the case, more than 100 witnesses have been taken though it sought for 250.
As the hearing has been continually rescheduled, Taratombi has expressed her fears that the case may not receive a fair judgement. Due to Jhaljit’s absence at the court by giving repeated excuse of getting sick, the trial has been kept continually delayed, she stated.
Executive director, HRA, Babloo Loitongbam stated that the date of hearing has been rescheduled and postponed multiple times and questioned to what extent the state government is committed to solve the 1528 fake encounter cases.
The time for election is approaching, and the ruling BJP, in its 2017 pre-poll “vision document” promised that if they come to power they would investigate the entire fake encounter cases and punish the all guilty personnel within one month. Two long years have gone by since they assume power but the government is maintaining a stoic silence even on the issue of granting sanction to initiate prosecution, let alone punishing the guilty personnel, he said.
Though the fake encounter cases have been forwarded to session court, seven of them are lying stalled as prosecution is not been sanctioned yet, he stated adding that the judges may eventually return the cases to CBI due to the delay.
Also, the case of Sanjit’s fake encounter has been dragged from 2016 to 2019, he further said. Though Taratombi had filed a petition seeking impleadment to make her the third party in the case in August 2018, the order has not been released yet though it has been 8 months, he added.
The hearing was scheduled today but again postponed by an order released yesterday, he stated. Supreme Court advocate, Shreeji Bhavsar who is the counsel of Taratombi questioned to whom importance is given as the case has been continually rescheduled over the reasons provided by Jhaljit. The case has almost dragged over two years without reaching the final order, he said.
More than 100 witnesses have been taken and Jhaljit was included among them. However, he had taken anticipatory bail in 2017 and after its expiry, a counter rejoinder was filed in 2017 for the final argument, he said. The hearing has been cancelled by the excuses made by Jhaljit and this has unnecessarily delayed the case, he said. Justice delayed is justice denied, he added.
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