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Court verdict restrained in Saraswati case

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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