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CBI takes up Garg family murder case

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 20:44

New Delhi: Nearly 13 years after a family of four was killed, CBI, on the orders of the Supreme Court, has started its re-investigation into the murders in a case which all the accused were acquitted by the trial court because of shoddy probe by Uttar Pradesh police.

On July 24, 2001 one Seema, aged about 30, and her two children--daughter Bhavya, aged four, and her son Pratyaksh, aged 8 months, were hacked to death in Pilakhua, now in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh.

The state police charged Seema`s husband Nitin Garg and two persons with the gruesome murders in its charge sheet filed within a month.

Next year on July 16, 2002 Garg was also murdered while the remaining two accused were acquitted by Additional Sessions Judge on October 16, 2004.
The Judge, while acquitting the accused, held the investigation was unsatisfactory.

Local police, which had investigated the murder of Nitin Garg, also filed a charge sheet against four accused in 2002 but all of them were also acquitted by the court on August 27, 2003.

Mother of Nitin Garg, Sunita Devi, approached the Supreme Court in 2005 with a plea for a thorough investigation which was agreed upon by the bench of Justices H L Gokhale and J Chelameswar.
The apex court rejected the contention of CBI that it could not take up the case.

"CBI has taken up the investigation of both the cases which were earlier registered and investigated by Uttar Pradesh Police," CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said.

First Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 20:44
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