According to National Human Rights Commission statement, it has asked the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan to arrest and bring the DM of Bikaner before the Commission on January 28, 2014 at 03:00 pm, taking serious view of his ‘casual and mechanical’ approach.
He has also been asked to return the warrant duly executed on or before January 21, 2014 with an endorsement certifying the day on which and the manner in which, it has been executed or the reason why it has not been executed.
"The Chief Secretary is further directed to release the said District Magistrate, Bikaner on bail of Rs 500 with one surety of the like amount on his undertaking to appear before the Commission on the given date," the Commission said.
"The National Human Rights Commission has taken a serious view of the casual and mechanical approach adopted by the District Magistrate, Bikaner which is indicative of willful disobedience of its directions," the statement said.
The matter relates to the death of an undertrial prisoner, Kani Ram, on November 26, 2011, in the custody of Central Jail, Bikaner.
Several letters and reminders were sent to the DM, Bikaner, calling upon him to submit the requisite reports in the matter, which he did not provide following which, the Director General (Investigation) of the NHRC finally apprised the Commission of the non-responsive attitude of the said DM.
The Commission has observed that the post-mortem report cannot be called a complete document to ascertain the cause of death.
In the absence of inquest proceedings and opinion of the Medical Board, the Commission has not been able to know the final cause of the death of Kani Ram.
Accordingly, conditional summons were issued in the DM's name to submit requisite reports on or before August 23, 2013, failing which he was required to appear before the Commission in person on August 30, 2013.
But he did not fully comply with the Commission's directions, the statement said.