Jharkhand HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance for Monitoring Dumka School Girl Killing Case

Priya Gour

Published on: 2nd September, 2022 at 23:00 IST

The Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan has taken suo moto cognizance of the Dumka girl death case. A school girl was killed by a man who allegedly poured petrol on her from outside the window of her room while she was sleeping.

The Division Bench called it that the incident has shaken human conscience, so the court would suo motu monitor it.

“…death due to pouring of petrol over the body of the girl early in 4 the morning and the death took place while being treated at RIMS and the occurrence has stirred the conscience of not only the people of State of Jharkhand rather the entire country, is of the considered view the same is required to be monitored by this Court so that expeditious investigation and trial could be held.”

The Director General of Police, Jharkhand submitted that , the culprit (Mohammad Shah Rukh) was taken into custody and that another person was also apprehended as per the FIR. Due security was being given to the family. The court was endured of timely investigation in the matter by a fast track court.

Regarding a media report, the DGP assured the Court of himself enquiring into the matter. It was about a member of the disciplined force talking to the media regarding the mental condition of the named accused in the FIR .

The Court noted that the death took place due to non timely availability of medical aid. Hence, the court had questioned the decision to take the victim to the RIMS, 280 kms away even when All India Institute of Medical Science, Deoghar was comparatively closer, which had burn treatment facilities.

If there is no burn ward then whether the treatment for burn is available at Trauma Centre or not be also explained. Let such report be submitted by the Director, AIIMS on or before the next date of hearing. Let a copy of this order be communicated to the learned Additional Solicitor General of India by the office of this Court,” the Court further directed.

The court is listed the matter for September 9, and also directed the Investigating Agency to place the further progress of the investigation on the same date under a sealed cover.

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