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CBI probe in murder ruffles SP, RLD

Both parties are disturbed after the CM's nod to a probe into Kavita Rani's murder, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 16:32 IST
Masoodul Hasan
Masoodul Hasan

The Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s decision to recommend CBI inquiry into sex and sleaze scandal involving Dr Kavita Rani of Meerut University may create political trouble for both Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the state, as the leaders of both parties are allegedly involved in the scam.

However welcoming the chief minister’s decision, RLD general secretary and spokesman Anil Dubey said in Lucknow on Monday that impartial inquiry should be conducted in the case so that criminals belonging to any party could be punished.

Dubey said it would have no impact on the political fortune of the party during the assembly election as RLD chief Chaudhury Ajit Singh had already taken resignation from one of the accused minister Chaudhury Babulal.

He said RLD general secretary Dr Mairajuddin Ahmad whose name had cropped up in the scam had also resigned from the party. Anil Dubey said the party had already punished the two leaders by taking their resignations and now law should take its course. "We are not going to protect any body", he said.

He said now it was for the chief minister to act against Samajwadi Party leader and Basic Education Minister Kiranpal Singh, whose name had also appeared in the case. Kiran Pal is yet to resign.

Even though the CBI is known for prolonging the investigation, sources in the agency said here that in Kavita case it could rush through the probe largely because of its political implications. The state government’s recommendation has already been sent to the centre for CBI probe.

Interestingly while there was pressure on the state government for CBI probe in Nithari serial killings, the chief minister shocked his ruling ally-RLD- by recommending Kavita probe also to the CBI.

Anil Dubey said, "We had not demanded CBI probe in Kavita case but had asked for impartial inquiry". He said in Nithari case RLD had demanded CBI probe.

However the chief minister seems to have hit back the RLD by seeking CBI probe in Meerut case also as it involved RLD leaders. Yadav was reportedly unhappy with the RLD over its demand for CBI probe in Nithari case.

While the CBI probe may create problem to Kiran Pal Singh, it may help the chief minister to come clean on the issue. Will Yadav re-nominate Kiran Pal for assembly election from Agota (Bulandshahr) constituency is being debated in the SP.

Kiran Pal had last week organized a public rally in Bulandshahr to take "clean chit" from the people.

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