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Dubey's kin for re-probe into murder

Engineer Satyendra Dubey's brother Dhananjay says he would file a special appeal for re-investigation of the case.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 17:33 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

More than three years after the brutal murder of engineer Satyendra Dubey who blew the whistle on corruption on the national highways project in Bihar, his younger brother Dhananjay Dubey said he would file a special appeal for re-investigation of the murder.

Dhananjay, 25, said his family has decided to file a special appeal in the Patna Civil Court for re-investigation of the case. "I will soon file for reinvestigation because my family not only doubts the outcome of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder, we also strongly feel that a re-investigation will help expose the real culprits."

IIT engineer Dubey, who worked on the Bihar section of the national highways project in Gaya district, was allegedly killed for writing to the prime minister's office exposing corruption in the project. He was shot dead in Gaya town, about 100 km from Patna, on November 27, 2003.

Dhananjay told a local Hindi TV news channel on Saturday about his plan to appeal for a fresh probe a day after the escape of Uday Paswan, a prime accused in his brother's murder, from police custody in the special CBI court in Patna.

Dhananjay said his family had not lost hope of getting justice. "We will fight for it and get the real culprits behind bars," he said.

Claiming he was totally dissatisfied with the CBI probe, Dhananjay alleged the CBI had tried to save the main culprits behind the murder and were making it out to be a case of simple robbery. "We are not ready to accept it as a robbery case as the CBI has concluded."

Dhananjay said that he had evidence to prove that those arrested by the CBI in the case were not the real people behind the murder. "The arrested men told us that they were forced and threatened by the CBI to accept the crime that they never committed."

He alleged that a nexus of corrupt officials and contractors were behind the murder. "My brother was the victim of a big conspiracy by powerful mafia. His killing was not as simple as claimed by the CBI," he said.

He sought action against all those named by Satyendra in his confidential letter to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), in which he claimed there was widespread corruption among the authorities working on the Golden Quadrilateral highway project.

The letter, received by then prime minister AB Vajpayee's office in November 2002, was reportedly leaked to bureaucrats. He alleged that Satyendra's identity was not kept a secret.

First Published: Dec 16, 2006 15:01 IST