Police Making Sincere Efforts to Trace Missing Student of Varanasi

Yesterday, in the matter of a missing student the Police Authorities have informed the Allahabad High Court that they are making sincere efforts to trace the missing Student of Varanasi, for whom a letter was written by a Lawyer of Varanasi which was converted into PIL..

A new development has taken place in the case of Saurabh Tiwari vs State of Uttar Pradesh, which is as follows: 

The Court on an earlier date had taken cognizance of a letter written by Advocate Saurabh Tiwari regarding a missing student of Varanasi, who was taken by the Police. The Court had converted the letter into a Habeas Corpus petition.[Read Here]

As per the contents of the letter Mr Saurabh Tiwari had stated that Mr Shiv Kumar Trivedi who is in his second year of BSC course and is a student of Banaras Hindu University was missing since 12th February 2020. It was alleged that he was picked up by police personnel from M.P Theatre ground BHU and was taken to a police station located at Lanka, Varanasi. The father of Mr Shiv Kumar Trivedi has also made efforts to trace his son, but he was nowhere to be found.

The father also lodged a missing complaint through the office of the Chief Proctor, BHU on 16th February.

Details of the order passed on 22.09.2020

The counsel for the petitioner, AGA of the state, Mr Syed Ali Murtaza and the Senior Superintendent of Police Mr Amit Pathak were present in the Court on the day of the hearing.

The counsel for the state submitted that the affidavit of the SSP Varanasi had been filed in the Court which contains the details of the search inquiry conducted by the Police.

The SSP, Varanasi informed the Court that the Police are making sincere efforts to trace the missing student and a special team has also been formed to help in the search. He also apprised the Court that they have taken departmental action against the officers who were at fault. He requested the Court to grant him “reasonable time” to trace the missing student.

The counsel for the petitioner requested the Court that he should be allowed to meet SSP personally and would like to provide him with some suggestions on how to trace the student. This request was allowed as the SSP did not object to this request.

The case will now be heard on 12.10.2020, and the Court directed the SSP that an officer from his office should be present in the Court on the day of the hearing and apprise the Court about the developments in the case.

Case Details-

Case Title: Saurabh Tiwari vs State of Uttar Pradesh

Case No.: (PIL) No. – 819 of 2020 

Date of Order: 22.09.2020

Quorum: Justice Prethinker Diwakar & Justice Subhash Chandra Sharma

Appearance: Mr Saurabh Tiwari for the petitioner & Mr Syed Ali Murtaza for the respondent

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