Andhra govt agrees to CBI probe into Maoist, scribe killing

Last Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 22:49

New Delhi: Anhdra Pradesh government on Friday
agreed to a CBI probe into the killing of top Maoist leader
Cherukuri Rajkumar and a journalist in an alleged fake
encounter with the police after the Supreme Court questioned
how the state Governor and DGP can give a clean chit to the
cops involved in the incident.

A bench of justices Aftab Alam and RM Lodha, however,
reserved its order for a CBI probe after senior counsel Harish
Salve, appearing for the state, sought time for seeking
instructions from the government and allowing him to talk to
the Union Home Ministry for agreeing to a CBI probe.

The counsel made the offer after the bench expressed
concern at the allegation that the Maoist leader and scribe
Hemchandra Pandey were bumped off in a fake encounter and yet
the State Governor and DGP had given a clean chit to the
accused police officers.

Counsel Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Bineeta Pandey
wife of the slain journalist, sought a probe by an independent
investigating agency as the state police he alleged was
biased.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 22:49

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