VASCO: The CBI's decision to file a closure report on the rape case of a minor has left the parents of the victim as well as Vasco-based NGO annoyed. They are questioning the "inefficiency" of the Central agency to investigate the case. The case was with CBI for the past four years.
I don’t trust CBI. I feel that CBI is trying to shield the culprit and thus is in a hurry to close the case. Inefficiency of the central agency to investigate the case is proved beyond doubt. I challenge the CBI with full confidence that I can still crack the case if not the CBI but they should stop all this drama of dragging the case and now seeking closure without any conclusion,” said the victim's father.
On January 14, 2013, a seven-year-old girl was raped in the toilet of a school at in Mormugao where she was studying. The case was handed over from the local police to Crime Branch and then to CBI. However, after probing it for almost four years, CBI could not trace the accused and it seemed that the case was heading nowhere. The CBI officials recently approached the judicial magistrate first class (JFMC), Vasco, seeking permission to close the case. The case will come up for hearing on February 16 2017.
The victim’s father also claimed that he had approached the judicial magistrate first class (JFMC), Vasco, requesting the court to give directions to CBI to provide all the certified copies of relevant documents pertaining to the case file and not photostat copies, however till date CBI hasn't provided him entire documents. “Neither the government, nor the CBI, are cooperating with me. Soon after the incident, I had asked for my daughter's medical report but it is sad that even today, the Crime Branch or CBI could not provide me with the same. I am not sure if the CBI wants to shield someone”, the father told Herald, in Vasco on Tuesday
Why are they trying the patience of parents who are suffering immensely? I want to ask the government whether they are really interested in giving me justice or will they allow the CBI to close the case," he asked.
Meanwhile, Vasco-based NGO Tara Kerkar, who had arranged a mass protest along with people of port town, reportedly said, "It is very disappointing that the CBI could not crack the case. and is now intending to close it. It shows the "inefficiency" of CBI. We all are extremely upset and want state government to take the initiative to urge the CBI not to close the case till the culprit is booked and punished.”