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Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 20, 2014
Adding a new twist to the Badaun rape case, the CBI on Tuesday said that the original allegations against five men arrested in the alleged rape and murder of two minor girls were ‘prima facie not correct’. CBI director Ranjit Sinha told HT, “Prima facie, it appears that the original allegations levelled against the five people arrested in the Badaun case were not correct.” Sinha, however, did not give specifics of the charges that have been found to be incorrect.

The Uttar Pradesh police, which probed the case before the CBI took over on June 12, had initially arrested five men for their alleged involvement in the case — Pappu Yadav and his brothers Awadhesh and Urvesh, along with local police officers Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav.

Another CBI official said that the probe is at a critical stage and is reliant on “strong scientific evidence.”

The agency has sent a forensic report received from the Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) that had examined personal particulars belonging to the two victims including their clothes and their body swabs to a medical-board to draw conclusions for the probe.

When asked if the CBI may submit its case charge sheet within the stipulated 90 days, which is by August 27, Sinha said, “The time-frame is there. But the most important objective for the CBI is to ensure that only those who were guilty must get charge-sheeted, not the innocents.”

The victims went missing on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a tree the next morning.