Court verdict restrained in Saraswati case
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 22:37
Cuttack: The Orissa High Court Thursday restrained a lower court, hearing Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati murder case, from passing judgement without its permission.

A fast track court in Kandhamal district is currently holding trial of the brutal murder of the 80-year-old Hindu seer and four of his disciples during Janmashtami celebrations at his Jaleshpeta Ashram on August 23, 2008.

Investigating into the case, the state crime branch police in the meantime has submitted two charge sheets in the court naming 14 persons, of which only nine have been arrested so far.

Not satisfied with the crime branch investigation, the deceased seer's disciple Brahmachari Madhav Chaitanya had filed a writ in the HC seeking an impartial enquiry by an independent agency (preferably by the CBI) into the murder.

The petitioner also questioned why the police are not probing into the motive and conspiracy angle of the killing.

Discontented with the nature and progress of investigation, the HC had asked the prosecution to expand its purview of probe and file a fresh affidavit in the court.


First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 22:37

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