The Supreme Court today came down heavily on the UP Government and dismissed a petition filed by the State seeking to stall a CBI inquiry into the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai.
A bench comprising Justice B P Singh and Justice Altamas Kabir asked the petitioner State, ''How are you affected if the High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry to ensure free and fair investigation''. Samajwadi party MP Afzal Ansari and UP mafia don Mukhtar Ansari, an independent MLA are the main accused in the case. Both brothers are in jail.
The court also made oral observations that ''accused are not gentelmen. Thirty-forty criminal cases are pending against them and you are trying to protect such people''.
UP government had challenged the Allahabad High Court on the grounds that since the investigation in the case was already complete and the chargesheet had already been filed, and hence there was no justification for ordering a CBI inquiry. Wife of the deceased MLA Alka Rai had moved the High Court seeking a CBI inquiry on the grounds that the state administration and the police have left no stone unturned in weakening the case through shoddy and biased probe.
Meanwhile, the SC’s decision has created ripples in the corridors of power in view of the political dimensions attached to the case.
Many heads may begin rolling once the CBI begins its investigations in the case. Samajwadi Party general secretary Shivpal Singh Yadav, however, said the State Government would honour the SC’s order and it was not trying to help any criminal.