CBI to probe CMO murders
The Uttar Pradesh government has recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murders of chief medical officers (CMO) Dr Vinod Kumar Arya and Dr BP Singh.india Updated: Jul 21, 2011 00:18 IST
The Uttar Pradesh government has recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murders of chief medical officers (CMO) Dr Vinod Kumar Arya and Dr BP Singh.
Arya was shot dead on October 27, 2010, while he was out for a morning walk. Singh was killed in a similar fashion on April 2, 2011.
Earlier, a CBI investigation was also recommended into the murder of deputy CMO YS Sachan, which took place in the Lucknow district jail hospital on June 22.
On Wednesday, two cases of financial irregularities in the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) schemes were referred to the CBI as well.
The government's decision came hours after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court directed it to furnish details of the investigation into the murders of Arya and Singh.
A government spokesperson, however, said the decision to opt for a CBI probe was meant to find out if these murders were connected to the murder of Sachan.
Chargesheets in all four cases - the murders of the two CMOs and the cases of financial irregularities - have been submitted.
"The decision to hand over the probes to the CBI was taken to expose those involved in murder of Sachan," the spokesperson said.
At the high court, after hearing the petitioner Prince Lenin and additional advocate general JN Mathur, justice Pradeep Kant and justice Ritu Raj Awasthi summoned the entire case diary on July 22.
The petitioner had demanded a CBI investigation into the case.
Lucknow DIG/SSP DK Thakur, who had filed the progress report of the investigation into the murders of Arya and Singh in court, said the investigation into the murder of Arya was over.
The chargesheet, which named six persons, was filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Lucknow, on July 16. In the Singh murder case, the chargesheet was filed in a local court, in which Sachan was named the chief conspirator, he said.
The next hearing of the case is on July 22.