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Gangster Ankit Gujjar death: Delhi HC transfers probe to CBI, raps Tihar jail admin

Gangster Ankit Gujjar death: Delhi HC transfers probe to CBI, raps Tihar jail admin


TCSN Desk✍️

Delhi 08 Sep 21

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the death of 29-year-old gangster Ankit Gujjar, who was allegedly murdered by jail officials inside Tihar Jail last month and said that it was a very serious offence which requires an in depth investigation to unearth the alleged extortion taking place in the prison. The court also said that the role of jail doctors has also to be probed in the matter.

“Walls of prison, howsoever high they may be, the foundation of a prison is laid on the Rule of Law ensuring the rights to its inmates enshrined in the Constitution of India,” said Justice Mukta Gupta in an order in the petition filed by Gujjar’s family for transfer of probe to CBI from Delhi Police.


Gujjar’s family last week argued that it was not a simple case of spur-of-the-moment custodial violence but he was murdered because he refused to pay extortion money to the jail staff.Four prison officials including Deputy Superintendent Narender Meena, Assistant Superintendents Deepak Dabas and Balraj, and Warder Shiva have been suspended after the incident. The police had also registered an FIR to probe the allegations.


Justice Gupta in the order said that a perusal of the post-mortem report of Gujjar belies the version of Meena and other staff that a scuffle took place in which both Meena and Gujjar received injuries. “From injuries noted above, it is evident that deceased was brutally beaten and left unattended as the case of Jail administration itself is that at around 1.00 AM on the intervening night of 3rd/4th August, 2021 Ankit complained of body ache upon which the duty doctor and nursing staff gave him pain killer injection and he refused any further treatment,” said the court.The court also said that the jail doctor on duty also failed to perform his duty when he examined Gujar at 1:00 am during the night and administered the injection. “As he neither informed the senior officers of the condition of Ankit nor referred Ankit to the Hospital. It is unfathomable that when the Jail doctor on duty visited at the midnight, he did not see the multiple injuries on Ankit,” it said.



The court also said that DIG Prisons in the in-house inquiry failed to notice the “connivance/laxity” of Deputy Superintendent Vinay Thakur who did not permit ASI Ram Avtar from Police Station Hari Nagar who had gone to inquire into the PCR call, to go inside the Jail to record Gujjar’s statement.Observing that in case proper medical treatment had been provided to Gujjar, the court said that his life could have been saved. “The role of jail doctors in not providing proper treatment at the right time is also required to be ascertained by a proper inquiry,” it said.