Court asks Assam to hand Ram's killing probe papers

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Guwahati, Nov 28 (UNI) Gauhati High Court today directed the Assam government to submit all documents, related to FCI executive director Dr PC Ram's killing--that were handed over to the CBI entrusted with the investigation--to it.

The court of Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued the directive in response to a writ petition by Dr Ram's brother Shivlochan seeking monitoring by the High Court over the CBI investigation.

The state government has been asked to submit the papers by Monday, the next day of hearing.

The writ petition also sought transfer of some senior Assam Police officials, who, in one way or other, were allegedly involved in the entire episode, from their existing job so that they could not 'hamper and tamper' the progress of the investigation.

The list of officials include Director General of Police RN Mathur, DIG (Central-West) GP Singh, Rangiya Sub Divisional Police Officer Ananda Prakash Tiwari, City SP (operation) Jitmol Doley and Additional SP (Kamrup) Vivekananda Das among others.

The CID, which was earlier investigating the case, formally handed over the FIR to the CBI a few days ago to carry out the investigation.

Dr Ram's brother also urged the court that the investigation into the episode be carried out by at least an additional DGP rank official of the CBI.

Senior Advocate Nekibur Zaman, who is pleading on behalf of Dr Ram's family, informed the court that Dr Ram, during his tenure as Executive Director of FCI (North East), brought to the fore a series of anomalies in the FCI pertaining to the dealings of essential food products like rice and sugar.

Dr Ram's brother filed the writ petition in Gauhati High Court on November 26. The court was also shown around ten telephone numbers from which calls were made to Dr PC Ram's family members by the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

Ram was killed in an encounter between his ULFA captors and the police in June after being held for ransom for more than a month by the banned outfit.


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