Court directive to Principal Secretary of Home Department

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Mumbai, Feb 22 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today asked the Principal Secretary of the State Home Department to remain present in court to explain as to what action had been taken against two officers of Bajarpeth Police Station in Kalyan and a chemical analyst of Kalina Forensic Laboratory.

A division bench, comprising Justice Bilal Nazki and Sharad Bobde, had earlier directed Thane Police Commissioner D Shivanandan to look into the death of Ulhasnagar resident Umesh Lalwani and take action against police officers concerned, who had failed to register offence of murder even after receiving the Chemical Analyser report, which had clearly stated it was a case of fatal poisoning.

Umesh's father Laxmandas Lalvani had moved the High Court after his repeated requests failed to persuade the police officers to register a case of murder instead of 'accidental death'.

Chemical Analyser N G Keni of Kalina Forensic Laboratory was also in trouble as the court had directed the State Government as well to take action against him for inordinate delay in issuing the CA report.

The court found that Keni had reserved his opinion for almost six months and thereafter, it took him 21 days to get the one-page report typed and further 18 days to correct it.

The court had adjourned the hearing on the petition till Tuesday.

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