Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has challenged Goa Children's court order, denying it 'Letter Rogatory' (letter of request) to interrogate two British nationals in connection with British teenager Scarlett Keeling murder case, in High Court.
The petition filed before Goa Bench of Bombay High Court states that a letter rogatory is required to question two prime witnesses in the case, which includes Fiona Mackeown, mother of deceased teenager and another British national Charles Carter, a crucial eye witness.
CBI is investigating the Scarlett murder case, whose semi nude body was found on Anjuna beach in 2008.
The CBI has contended that questioning of two witnesses, who are in UK, was required as they did not respond to the agency's summons to arrive in India for deposition.
A Letter Rogatory is a formal communication sent by a court of a country to a foreign court seeking latter's assistance in recording the statements of witnesses residing there.
The children's court had rejected CBI's plea stating that the central agency's investigation revealed nothing more than the findings by Goa Police.
The CBI has interrogated nearly 200 witnesses in connection with the Scarlett murder, after it took over investigations from state police, which was accused of trying to cover up the case due to political pressure.