The Badaun district court on Monday granted bail to the two police constables accused in the 'rape' and murder of two sisters in Katra Sadatganj village, after the CBI decided not to file a chargesheet within the 90-day time limit of registering the case.
The CBI also did not oppose the application of Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav, as additional district judge (ADJ) Anil Kumar granted bail to the constables.
Sources said the remaining three accused, brothers Pappu, Awadesh and Urvesh Yadav, were also expected to get bail soon. The CBI had decided not to oppose their bail too, as it had found no evidence linking the accused to the crime.
The two minor girls were 'raped' and hanged in Katra Sadatganj village of Badaun on the intervening night of May 27 and 28.
On June 12, the CBI registered a case against three locals and two cops under sections 376-D, 302, 120-B of the IPC and section 3/4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Subsequently, the CBI conducted brain mapping and lie detector tests of all five accused and ruled out their involvement in the crime.
The forensic report of three members of the medical board as well as the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad also ruled out sexual assault and rape of the victims.
"Investigation in the case is on and the CBI will file a chargesheet against the culprits," a CBI officer said.
The CBI's decision not to chargesheet the five accused had drawn sharp criticism from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati who on August 23 demanded that the premier investigation agency come out clean in the probe.
"If the main accused are innocent, then CBI should tell the people why the two sisters were killed and who was involved in their murder," she had said.
However, the victim's family members have expressed confidence in the CBI probe. Talking to Hindustan Times, the victims' brother Virendra said the CBI investigation was moving in the right direction and bail of the main accused was no setback for them.
"The CBI is yet to complete its investigation and we hope those involved in the rape and murder of my sisters would be nabbed. The CBI has conducted lie detector test of the family members as well, and the reports should be made public," he said.
The victims' family also welcomed the construction of toilets and establishment of a training centre for girls in the village. The two sisters had reportedly gone out into the fields, as they did not have a toilet in their house, when they were abducted and killed.