Published On : Mon, Feb 1st, 2016

HC raps cops, orders to deposit Rs 10 lakh in suspicious death case of engineering student

Nagpur: Taking the dismal police probe into suspicious death of a student of Ramdeobaba Engineering College seriously, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has ordered the Home Department and Nagpur police to deposit Rs 10 lakh before January 31.

The deceased is identified as Yogesh Roshanlal Bagti, a native of Jammu and Kashmir. He was student of Ramdeobaba Engineering College and was staying in Nagpur. On November 16, 2012, around 12.30 pm, Yogesh’s body was found on the terrace of the building in which he was staying. When the body was found, a polythene bag had covered the head. The post-mortem report had revealed the cause of death as poisoning. Subsequently Hingna police had registered a case of accidental death. However, Yogesh’s father Roshanlal Bagti, suspecting foul play, had moved the Supreme Court seeking CBI probe into his son’s death. Since the matter belonged to Maharashtra, the Supreme Court sent the case to Bombay High Court which in turn put the matter into Nagpur Bench. The hearing was held before Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Vinay Deshpande.

The financial condition of the petitioner is very poor and cannot afford the fees of a city lawyer. Moreover, the petitioner’s lawyer frequents from Delhi which puts financial burden. Due to lethargic attitude of police, the probe is getting delayed. The petitioner, therefore, demanded compensation of Rs 70 lakh. Concurring with the application of the petitioner, the High Court ordered the State Government to deposit Rs 10 lakh in the court.

Adv M K Pandita represented the petitioner while APP Anand Fulzele represented the State.