Sachan murder: Maya for CBI probe
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati has recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of former deputy chief medical officer (CMO) YS Sachan. HT reports.lucknow Updated: Jul 14, 2011 02:41 IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati has recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of former deputy chief medical officer (CMO) YS Sachan.
The announcement comes a day ahead of the decisions of the Allahabad high court and the Supreme Court on whether the CBI should investigate the case. Sachan’s family had earlier appealed to the Supreme Court for a CBI probe.Sachan, arrested on charge of financial irregularities in the National Rural Health Mission scheme, was later named the key conspirator in the murder of former CMO Dr BP Singh. On June 22, he was found dead in the toilet of the district jail hospital. A judicial probe concluded he was murdered.
On Tuesday, the state government had opposed the demand for a CBI probe before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court. A fair and independent probe cannot be expected from the CBI, the government had said. On Wedn-esday, expressing confidence in the efficiency of the CBI, Mayawati said the agency would maintain full transparency and not politicise the issue.
The judicial probe report, meanwhile, named the jailor of Lucknow district jail and three other jail officials as suspects in the case. Deputy jailor Sunil Kumar, head warden Babu Ram Dubey and warden Pandhir Singh had been suspended earlier. But this was the first time jailor BS Mukund was accused of involvement.
In his 77-page report, chief judicial magistrate Rajesh Upadhyaya, said: “Generally it is seen that when a literate person commits suicide, he leaves behind a suicide note. But no suicide note was found.”
The report also challenged the government’s allegation that Sachan had a hand in the murder of Singh. The motive, the government had contended, was to silence Singh, who had threatened to initiate a case of financial irregularities against Sachan.
The report, however, said, “no personal enmity (of Sachan) with anybody was found”.