Kasauli, May 2: The Supreme Court on Wednesday, taking suo motu cognizance, rapped the Himachal Pradesh government for not providing adequate security to Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma who was shot dead while leading a demolition drive in Kasauli of Solan district. The apex court also observed that it is very serious issue as the accused had allegedly killed the woman official in broad daylight and the police could not arrest him. Also Read - Heading To Lahaul-Spiti Valley Soon? You Might Have to Pay Green Tax
As per reports, the SC has also directed the matter be placed before Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Terming the incident as “extremely serious”, the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta requested CJI Misra to list the matter for consideration tomorrow. Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah
Meanwhile, accused Vijay Singh has been suspended from work by the Electricity Department. He also owns Narayani Guest House where Shail Bala was leading a Supreme Court-ordered demolition drive on Tuesday. The court had formed four teams to demolish illegal structures in 13 hotels in Solan district. Also Read - Himachal Pradesh: Over 150 Monks Test COVID Positive at Gyuto Monastery, 1 Critical, Others Quarantined
During the demolition drive, Vijay Singh tried to intimidate the team. There was an altercation between the team and Vijay following which the latter fired three rounds at the team. Shail Bala died on the spot after being shot at whereas, PWD employee Gulab Singh was injured. He is admitted to PGI in critical condition.
Meanwhile, a manhunt has been launched to catch Vijay Singh. A case in connection with the matter has been registered at Dharampur police station. The Himachal Pradesh police has also announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who provides information on the absconding hotelier.
The top court had directed the state government, on April 17, to demolish illegal structures in hotels in Kasauli and Dharampur. It had also formed four teams to carry out the operations.