Mathura violence: HC asks CBI to file the accused Ram Vriksh Yadav’s DNA test report
After the violence, police had declared one of the charred bodies as that of Ram Vriksh Yadav, saying that his aides had identified the body.india Updated: May 09, 2017 20:37 IST
The Allahabad high court on Tuesday directed the CBI to file within three weeks the DNA test report of Ram Vriksh Yadav, the prime accused in the Jawaharbagh violence in Mathura where 29 people, including two police officers, were killed in an operation to evict squatters from a public park on June 2 last year.
After the violence, police had declared one of the charred bodies as that of Ram Vriksh Yadav, saying that his aides had identified the body.
The bench comprising chief justice DB Bhosale and justice Yashwant Varma passed Tuesday’s order while hearing public interest litigation (PIL) petitions filed by Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and several others.
Last week, the high court had shown displeasure after perusing the CBI’s preliminary report in the case. The court had said the CBI report did not mention compliance with the high court’s earlier directives.
The court had directed the CBI to constitute two independent teams for a probe on March 2, 2017.
One team was asked to investigate and submit a report with regard to the incident which occurred at Jawahar Bagh on June 2, 2016. Another team will undertake a comprehensive investigation with regard to the unexplained inaction on the part of the state government despite intelligence inputs and communication by the district administration regarding illegal gathering of people at Jawaharbagh and illegal occupation of the same.
The court transferred investigation of the Jawaharbagh incident to the CBI due to unsatisfactory probe by the police.
At the time, the court observed, “There was no attachment or seizure of clothing, no DNA sampling was consequently undertaken. The place of occurrence was neither sanitised nor a scientific investigation undertaken.”
Additional superintendent of police (ASP), CBI, who is the investigating officer of the case, was present in the court during the hearing.
The court has asked the CBI to ensure that one of its officers remains present in court at the next hearing to apprise it of the progress in the investigation. The court has fixed July 7 as the next date of hearing.
First Published: May 09, 2017 20:37 IST