Kotkhai rape and murder: Himachal court extends police officials' judicial custody till November 25

The court is also likely to hear the CBI's plea seeking permission on voice sampling test of the accused on November 25. This was deferred after the lawyer of the accused did not appear.

Published: 23rd November 2017 10:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2017 10:30 PM   |  A+A-

People hold placards block a road during a protest demanding justice for the 16 year school girl who was raped and murdered in Shimla. (File | PTI)

By PTI

SHIMLA: A court here today extended the judicial custody of the Himachal Pradesh Police officials arrested by the CBI in connection with the custodial death of an accused in the Kothkai rape and murder case till November 25.

The court is also likely to hear the CBI's plea seeking permission on voice sampling test of the accused on November 25. This was deferred after the lawyer of the accused did not appear for the third time.

Though the probe agency has already taken the voice samples of the accused, they are seeking the court's permission to match these.

The CBI had arrested Inspector General of Police (IG) G Z H Zaidi and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Manoj Joshi and six others on August 29.

Superintendent of Police (SP) D W Negi was arrested on November 16 by the central probe agency.

The Himachal Pradesh Police had arrested six people in the rape and murder case. One of them, Suraj Kumar died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody.

A case of custodial death was registered and the CBI arrested the police officials.

The charge sheet in the custodial death case is ready and would be filed by November 30, the deadline fixed by the Himachal Pradesh High Court, sources in the CBI said.

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