Vijayawada: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told the high court on Wednesday that the case pertaining to the attack on Old Guntur police station does not come under the scheduled crimes entrusted to it. The HC had earlier issued notices to CBI and NIA in a PIL challenging withdrawal of cases on the persons involved in the attack.
The high court wondered that when the CBI, which was formed under the Delhi Police Act, can investigate cases as per the directions of the courts, why can’t the NIA do the same. The counsel for NIA clarified that they do not have any problem investigating a case if the court gives a direction. The CBI also filed an affidavit in the case.
Earlier, the high court suspended a GO issued by the state government withdrawing prosecution against the persons involved in the attack on Old Guntur police station. The incident took place in 2018 when hundreds of protestors ransacked the police station, burnt vehicles and pelted stones on police personnel. Protesters gathered at the police station demanding justice after a minor girl was sexually molested.
The government, on February 2, issued a GO withdrawing prosecution against the accused. The high court took a serious objection over the language used in the GO which mentioned the religion of the accused.
A PIL was moved challenging the GO, alleging that case was withdrawn without taking the facts into account, adding that withdrawing prosecution in such cases will set a bad precedent. The high court then asked the petitioners to make the CBI and the NIA as respondents in the case following which the investigation agencies filed their reply before the court.