On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court requested an update on the magisterial inquiry ordered in the Kasganj custodial death case, in which 22-year-old Altaf was slain in Chand Miyan v. State of Uttar Pradesh. Justices Anjani Kumar Mishra and Deepak Verma of the Division Bench asked the government’s lawyer to file a progress report on the Magistrate’s investigation by February 8.
The Court was considering a motion filed by Altaf’s father, Chand Miyan, who claimed that he has no faith in the State Police and its investigation. As a result, he requested that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a court-monitored investigation be conducted.
In addition, he requested compensation of Rs. 1 crore. An interim application was also submitted to the Court, requesting a second post-mortem examination of Altaf as well as CCTV footage from the police station where the event occurred.
The Kasganj district government launched a magisterial investigation into Altaf’s suspected death in custody on November 10 of last year. The police, on the other hand, stated that he committed suicide in the Kasganj station’s toilet. Five police officers were suspended as a result of the investigation.
The High Court has asked the Superintendent of Police, Kasganj, to file a reply affidavit in the case by December 23, 2021. After discovering that no affidavit had been filed, the Court issued a warning to the Kasganj SP on February 2 that if the affidavit was not filed by the next day, the Court would impose high costs.
The government’s lawyer notified the Court today that the affidavit had been filed but had not yet been entered into the record. As a result, the case was postponed.
In the aftermath of Altaf’s death in custody, the High Court issued a notice in a petition seeking the formation of fast-track police courts in Uttar Pradesh.
The petitioner, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), was ordered by the Court to remove all alleged incidents of custodial brutality from other states from their petition. According to a bench led by Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, doing so would cause the Court to get confused, and the State would be unable to respond to such examples.