Four days after the official announcement, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to take over the investigations in the Nithari serial killings case. The tussle between the UP government and Union Home Ministry has delayed the case transfer.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh had announced CBI probe into the case on January 5 but the matter has now hit a roadblock. And to make it worse, the Noida Police, in the hope of a CBI probe, have already given up the investigations.
On Tuesday, the Central government told the Uttar Pradesh government to send a notification under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA) for a CBI probe.
Central government officials made it clear that the CBI could not be asked to investigate the murders unless the state government issued an order, notifying its consent under the law.
The UP government has only been sending letters to the Centre, beginning with a letter to the Union Home Ministry seeking orders for a CBI probe.
Late Monday evening, the state faxed another copy of the letter to a joint secretary in the department of personnel and training well after his office had closed.
Here is the best part. The joint secretary was not the official handling case. Additional Secretary Brahm Dutt waited for the communication till late in the night.
Dutt’s office received UP’s letter on Tuesday. Peeved, he sent back another letter asking them to send the notification under Section 6 of the DSPEA instead.
This document notifies the consent of the state government extending the CBI’s jurisdiction to the state for investigating the specified offences.
Meanwhile, the Noida police who are eagerly waiting for the CBI team, have stopped working on the case.
“No team from CBI had visited us to take the available evidence. We are not investigating further as the case has been officially transferred to CBI,” said SSP, RKS Rathore.
The Noida police will hand over the evidence collected pertaining to the investigations and the confession reports of the two accused to the CBI. But the case, it seems, is moving in no direction.
The tussle between the state police and the CBI is delaying the entire probe, said a police official.
The forensic team from Agra has already visited the spot. The two accused, Moninder Singh Pandher and Surender Koli, have undergone the narco-analysis test.
Those are the only two developments in the case so far.