Kolkata Police not to probe hit-and-run case with IAF, cites legal hurdles

Kolkata: Kolkata Police will not hold a joint probe with the Air Force into the Red Road hit-and-run case in Kolkata in which a young IAF officer was killed.

A senior Kolkata Police officer told PTI on Tuesday "There is no question of any joint probe ... Our investigation is a continuous process and we are doing it."

Kolkata Police. AFP

Kolkata Police. AFP

"I have no information that defence wants joint probe ... We have not received any such communication from them. But we are in constant touch with them from the very first day of the incident. And the developments are communicated to them everyday," he said.

Kolkata Police would, however, continue to support Air Force officials with the progress of their investigations into the 13 January hit-and-run case which claimed the life of the 21-year-old Air Force officer, he said.

Asked whether Air Force officials were conducting a parallel investigation into the incident, the officer said "We
(Kolkata Police) have not been informed about it ... Actually they can and we will not intervene in it. They (Air Force) have lost an officer in the mishap and they have the right to hold an inquiry."

Kolkata Police and Air Force, he said, were "exchanging support" on the investigation.

"We are getting full support from them and if they need we are ready to help them in their inquiry into the matter," he said.

When contacted by PTI, Air Force officials said Kolkata Police has turned down a request from them seeking a joint investigation in the case.

"It has been conveyed verbally to Air Force police that there are no legal provisions for a joint probe into the
case," Air Force officials said.


Updated Date: Feb 02, 2016 17:59 PM

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