Slain professor’s son threatens to go on fast

March 13th, 2008 - 7:04 pm ICT by admin  

Bhopal, March 13 (IANS) Slain Ujjain professor H.S. Sabharwal’s son Himanshu has threatened to go on an indefinite fast if his demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into his father’s death was not met. In a letter to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, copies of which were given to the media at a press conference here Thursday, Himashu said: “If my demand for handing over the case to the CBI was not met within seven days from now i.e. by March 20, I am going to fast until death for the cause of justice.”

He, however, refused to disclose the venue of his fast and said: “I am a proud citizen of India and I can sit anywhere from Delhi’s India Gate to the Madhya Pradesh assembly in Bhopal.”

The Supreme Court’s decision to transfer the case from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra was a “moral and token victory”, he said but lamented that the apex court has not sanctioned retrial or a CBI probe.

He said merely transferring the case out of Madhya Pradesh would not have much impact because if a judge in Nagpur was to take a view on the same evidence - or rather the lack of it - the purpose of taking the case out of the state would be defeated.

In his letter to the chief minister, Himanshu said he believed a number of factors were weakening the case. These include Chouhan’s first reaction to his father’s death as an accident and the chief minister’s visit to the prime accused Vimal Tomar in an Indore hospital.

Himanshu in his letter said the policemen on duty who were witness to the murder had turned hostile but the state government did not take any disciplinary action against them.

Two police officers who were suspended for failing to prevent the professor’s murder were later promoted and the state government was not ready to accept that the victim died as a result of the assault by the union leaders, he said.

Himanshu also noted that the police had not registered a case of murder after Sabharwal died, and the chjarge was included only after the case was transferred to the CID, he said.

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