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Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 26, 2014
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided against filing its chargesheet within the 90-day time limit against the five men arrested in the alleged rape and murder of two minor girls in Badaun in May, since there was no evidence linking them to the crime for now. The 90-day limit for filing a chargesheet will lapse by Thursday. The agency’s decision came in the wake of the CBI getting forensic reports from a three-member medical board set up by it and the Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), which ruled out "any sexual assault or rape on the two victims” confirmed a CBI source.

HT had first reported on August 19 that according to the CBI director Ranjit Sinha, the agency had found that the original allegations against the five arrested persons were ‘prima facie not correct’. Indicating that the agency will not file the chargesheet in the 90-day limit, Sinha had 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 chargesheeted, not the innocents.”

The 90-day time limit ends on Tuesday in the case of the key arrested accused Pappu Yadav while it would lapse by Thursday in the case of the other four initially nabbed by the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police — Yadav’s brothers Awadhesh and Urvesh and local police officials Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav. The accused are likely to get bail from the trial court since the CBI will not oppose their pleas.