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Badaun gang-rape: HC reserves order on PIL seeking CBI probe

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-06-2014 PTI

Lucknow: The Allahabad high court on Wednesday reserved its order on a public interest litigation seeking direction for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the gang-rape and murder case of two teenaged cousin sisters in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh.

The order was reserved by a vacation bench of justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and Rajan Roy on the PIL filed by NGO “We the People” through its general secretary Prince Lenin. On behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, additional advocate general Bulbul Godiyal submitted that the CBI has accepted the government’s request for a probe by the agency.

She said adequate security has been provided to the family members of the victims as well as the witnesses. The petitioner’s counsel, while citing earlier ruling of the high court, prayed that a time-frame should be fixed for the inquiry. The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier submitted the copy of the notification recommending CBI probe into the incident through Godiyal.

The petitioner also submitted the copies of the first information report and post-mortem reports.

The petitioner had sought direction for a CBI probe into the Badaun incident as well as action against the erring police officers concerned, besides providing adequate security to the family members of the victims. The two teenaged girls, who were cousins aged 14 and 15 years, were allegedly gang-raped and murdered with their bodies found hanging from a mango tree, a day after they went missing on 27 May, in a village in Ushait area in Badaun.

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