CENTRAL BUREAU of Investigation (CBI) sleuths raided the residences of close associates and relatives of Ansari brothers, accused in the high-profile murder of BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai on November 29, 2005.
Sources said the sleuths started the raids in houses of aides and kin of independent legislator Mukhtar Ansari in Ghazipur and adjoining districts last evening.
“The raids are continuing”, a CBI official said on phone from Ghazipur on Sunday.
The raids are being conducted under the supervision of a DIG-level officer, the sources said.
There are, however, unconfirmed reports that CBI sleuths have also tightened their noose around some of the relatives and associates of Ansari brothers in Mau and Varanasi by simultaneously raiding their residences.
It may be noted that Mukhtar Ansari and his MP brother Afzal Ansari are in jail in connection with the murder of Krishnanand Rai. The CBI had registered cases against Munna Bajrangi, Mukhthar Ansari, Afzal Ansari, Aizaz Ahmed, Atta-ur-Rahman and Firdous under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act for allegedly conspiring and murdering Rai.
The case was handed over to the CBI by Allahabad High Court on May 23 after the wife of the deceased, Alka Rai, approached it with a petition requesting transfer of the case to the CBI as she was not happy with the progress made by the Uttar Pradesh police.
However, the Uttar Pradesh Government had approached the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Allahabad High Court. The State Government’s plea was dismissed by the apex court on July 7, 2006.