The Union government has refused to entrust the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with the investigation of the sensational case involving the killing of Ranvir Sena chief, Barmeshwar Singh Mukhiya on June 1 last.
The decision has been taken on the basis of the final reply from the CBI to the service and intelligence section of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which serves as the nodal agency regulating such requests.
The CBI is overburdened with cases. It is facing a severe manpower crunch, especially in Bihar. Moreover, the investigation in the concerned case is already in an advanced stage. We also evaluated various other factors, and decided not to handover the case to it,a DoPT official told HT.
The central government department has already written to the state government regarding its position on the matter.
Confirming the receipt of DoPT letter, Bihar home secretary Amir Subhani said, "The grounds for refusal regarding handing over Barmeshwar Mukhiya murder case to the CBI do not really matter. The fact is that they are not willing and that's it."
The Bihar Police has been investigating the case and it goes without saying that it will keep doing so,added Subhani.
The police has already filed a chargesheet against eight persons in Ara court on August 27. Two of the prime accused - Abhay Pandey alias Prince Pandey and Nand Gopal Pandey alias Fauzi - are still absconding, even after four-and-a half months of the murder.
Barmeshwar, an accused in 22 cases of killings and massacres of dalits, was shot dead in Ara while taking a morning walk on June 1. The state government requested for CBI probe into the murder on June 6. The request was further taken to Delhi by DGP Abhyanand.
The DoPT asked the CBI HQ in the second week of July about its opinion on the high-profile murder case and the worth of investigating it within the available means.
Mukhiyaf's son Indu Bhushan had demanded CBI inquiry in the killing of his father, suspecting political conspiracy and involvement of a few public representatives in it.
At that time he had expressed the fear, that the police would not be able to conduct an impartial probe.