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Rabia Saifi Murder: Punjab & Haryana High Court Issues Notice To Haryana State, CBI On Parents Plea

Sparsh Upadhyay
25 Nov 2021 9:09 AM GMT
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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notice to Haryana State and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea moved before it seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the murder of Rabia Saifi, a 21-year-old Civil Defense volunteer with the Delhi government.

The Bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan issued notice on the plea filed by Sameed Ahmad and Praveen Jahan, parents of Rabia Saifi, through Advocates Mehmood Pracha and Ajay Kalra.

The court has listed the matter for further hearing on February 17, 2022.

Background of the plea

The plea alleges that Rabia was murdered as part of a larger conspiracy to suppress the factum of indulgence of civil defence personnel of Government of NCT of Delhi in rampant corruption under the garb of enforcing COVID appropriate behavior amongst the public.

" a part of the above-referred racket, a lot of violators were being let of with bribes and as such, the said amounts were also landing in the pockets of corrupt officials. Having become aware of the above-said position and realising that the money being deposited with her for safe custody were all obtained through corrupt and illegal means, she had informed the above facts to the Petitioners and had also told them that despite here unwillingness to take the risk of keeping the above noted illegal money in her custody, she was under tremendous pressure from her superiors and she had also expressed the apprehension that she may be made a scapegoat by her superiors in the event of any refusal or complaint by her and her job would also be at risk," the plea avers.
The plea submits that her senior, Ravinder Mehra, DANICS, was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the above-referred activities just a day prior to her disappearance from her office at District Magistrate, Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi.

However, the plea alleges, the Haryana police registered a first information report (FIR) in this case and closed the case on the basis of the confessional statement of one Nizamuddin who claimed to be her alleged husband.

In this regard, the plea claims that the FIR filed at the Suraj Kund Police Station, Faridabad is wholly wrong, and incorrect and misleading facts have been mentioned in it to conceal the truth to save and shield the real culprits behind the disappearance, brutal murder and mutilation of the body of the daughter of the Petitioners.

The plea also contends that despite the fact that the cause of action in this matter arose within the territorial limits of Delhi, still, the FIR was lodged in Haryana. It further alleges that there had been deliberate concealment of injuries in the post mortem report of Rabia Saifi.

Significantly, the Petitioners had initially approached the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India seeking transfer of investigation of the FIR registered in the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, however, the Apex Court had relegated the Petitioner to the jurisdictional High Court, that is Punjab and Haryana High Court.

About Rabia's death

21-year-old Rabia Saifi was allegedly stabbed to death on August 26, 2021. As reported by NewsLaundry, according to the post-mortem report, Rabia was repeatedly stabbed and her private parts were brutally crushed.

On August 27, a 23-year-old man named Mohammad Nizamuddin had surrendered at the Kalindi Kunj police station and had claimed responsibility for Rabia's murder. Rabia and Nizamuddin used to work in Civil Defense.

Case title - Sameed Ahmad and Anr v. State Of Haryana and Others

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