SHIMLA: The family of Ritu Kalmotia, a lecturer at the local B.Ed. College who committed suicide allegedly after her long-time boyfriend refused to marry her, got a relief on Saturday when the Himachal High Court referred the case to the CBI. The case was being investigated by the CID so far.
Twenty-eight-year-old Ritu had hanged herself from a ceiling fan in Dhanda-Totu, a suburb of Shimla, allegedly after her boyfriend Siddhartha Sarpal, a sub-judge, told her about his marriage to another girl.
The first person to reach Ritu’s home was Siddhartha’s father, Inspector-General of Police Pradeep Sarpal. None of Ritu’s relatives was present in the house at the time of the alleged suicide. Ritu’s parents and relatives were not satisfied with the CID inquiry and had alleged abetment to suicide and wiping out of all evidence from the spot by the police.
A High Court bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Deepak Gupta on Saturday transferred the case to the CBI after the State counsel complained of a parallel media trial and non-cooperation by the petitioners with the local police.
The petitioners had told the Court that they did not expect a fair trial since the father of the accused belonged to the same State police which are investigating the case.
I-G Pradeep Sarpal had proceeded on a long leave after the government had ordered a CID inquiry into the much talked about case.