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UP Govt formalises CBI probe demand

The UP Govt sends a letter to the Union Home Ministry requesting a CBI probe into Noida twin murder case.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow/noida
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2008 12:52 PM IST

Undeterred by the rejection of its demand for a CBI probe into Aarushi-Hemraj murder case by the Centre, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday formally sent a letter in this regard to the Union Home Ministry.

After Chief Minister Mayawati announced a CBI probe, the state Home Department has formally sent a letter to the Secretary Personnel Department of the Union Government, requesting a CBI probe into the twin murders registered with Sector 20 police station in Noida, an official release issued here said.

Earlier, the UP government pressed for a CBI probe into the sensational double murder case in which a leading dentist is accused of killing his 14-year old daughter and servant, but the Centre rejected it.

Under attack for "shoddy" investigation into the murder of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in Noida on May 16, Chief Minister Mayawati announced at a press conference in the state capital that she was recommending a CBI probe into the killings for which the doctor Rajesh Talwar has been arrested.

Even before the UP government's recommendation was sent to the Centre, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal quickly turned it down. "The UP special task force is already probing the matter and there is no need for a CBI inquiry," he told reporters in New Delhi.

The case became a subject of a political crossfire between Mayawati and the Congress with the Chief Minister accusing the party of playing "dirty politics" with the case, a charge rebutted by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury.

Chowdhury, who had charged the UP police with insensitive handling of the case, reacted to Mayawati's comments by saying that these had shocked her. "Instead of asking the police to explain the loopholes in Aarushi's murder, she (Mayawati) is levelling charges against the government," she said.

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