HC reserves verdict in Samba spy case death

The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on a plea seeking a CBI probe into mysterious death of a non commissioned officer (NCO) of Army Intelligence Corp nearly 34 years ago when he was allegedly taken into military custody in connection with the infamous Samba Spy case.
The case relates to the death of Havildar Ram Swaroop whose wife Anguri Devi has sought re-opening of the investigation claiming the post-mortem report, which is now available to her under the Right to Information Act, suggested 39 injuries on his body.
Justice M L Mehta reserved the judgement after hearing detailed arguments by Deepak A Masih, counsel for Anguri Devi, and Additional Solicitor General A S Chandhioke who opposed the plea of the widow.
The widow, in her plea, said her husband, employed as a NCO in Army Intelligence Corp, was brought dead at the Base Hospital on the night of September 30, 1978, under mysterious circumstances. In the Samba Spy Case, 41 Army officers were allegedly charged with spying activities and passing on information about the troop movement to others, the petition said.
Firstly, a constable of Delhi police informed the widow that Ram Swaroop’s body had been found, the petition said, adding that later the Army retreived the body and “disposed it of by performing the last rites in the late hours under the supervision of Army officers.”
Seeking to revisit the case, the petition said as the post mortem report is available, the court may order “registration of FIR …And transfer investigation to CBI or to a Special Investigation Team (SIT).”
Ram Swaroop was killed in custody after being detained by the officers of military intelligence on August 26, 1978, in connection with the Samba Spy case. (PTI)


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