HC disposes of missing girl case with directions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 12:28:24


Legal Correspondent,

Petitioner mother seeking directions for tracing and searching her daughter who is missing since March 20, 2017, the single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice R S Jha has issued directions that the police authorities are taking steps to investigate and search out the missing girl of the petitioner, the petition filed by the petitioner is disposed of with a direction to the police authorities to ensure that they take all expeditious possible steps to search out the missing girl of the petitioner and also to ensure that the faith of the public in the police administration is strengthened and affirmed and the investigation reaches a logical conclusion. It goes without saying that any information received by the petitioner may also be furnished to the police authorities to enable them to trace out the missing girl of the petitioner. With the aforesaid directions and observations, the petition filed by the petitioner is disposed off.

The single bench has heard the habeas corpus petition filed by Ramkumari Rajak from Village Chotora, Surkhi, District Sagar.During the hearing, R.S. Bagri, SHO, Police Station Surkhi, District Sagar is present in person before the court. This petition has been filed by the petitioner, who is mother of Rashmi Rajak who is about 16 years of age and is missing since March 20, 2017.It is submitted that inspite of the fact that the petitioner has lodged a missing person report and has also alleged that her daughter has been abducted by the respondent Ramkumar Patel with the help of the other respondents, no action has been taken by the police authorities.

This Court had issued notices to the respondents, whereupon the respondents have filed a report and have stated that a missing person case was registered by the respondents authorities at Police Station Surkhi, District Sagar, whereafter the investigating team took immediate steps to search out the missing girl. It is stated that inspite of the best efforts, they are not being able to trace out the corpus and the respondent Ram Kumar.

On a specific query being made by this Court on the previous occasion, the respondents have filed an affidavit stating that the respondent Ramkumar Patel could not be arrested as he has been absconding since the first day itself and he and the corpus have not been traced out till date.

It is informed that the investigating authorities have published the photographs of both the missing girl as well as the respondent Ramkumar at various places and have sent the police teams to search out these persons to Motinagar, District Sagar as well as to Police Station Rani, District Pali, Rajashthan and various other places, but have not been able to trace out the missing girl or the respondent No.5. In the affidavit, they have also stated that they have arrested the respondents pursuant to the registration of the case, but three of the respondents have been enlarged on bail by the competent Court. The respondents have stated that they have taken all possible steps and they are continuously taking all possible steps to search out the missing girl as well as apprehending arrest of the respondent.

In view of the above, while the present writ petition cannot be entertained, however, looking to the fact that the police authorities are taking steps to investigate and search out the missing girl of the petitioner, the petition filed by the petitioner is disposed of with aforementioned directions.