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Mayawati orders CBI probe into CMO murders

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 22:13

Lucknow: Under intense pressure,
Mayawati Government on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe into the
murder of two chief medical officers, barely a week after the
agency was asked to investigate the mysterious death of their
colleague Y S Sachchan in a jail here.

The BSP government, which has been facing an
opposition onslaught, also decided to hand over to the CBI the
probe into alleged financial irregularities in the family
welfare department of which the murders of Vinod Kumar Arya
and B P Singh are believed to be a fallout.
Two state ministers Babu Singh Khushwaha and Anant
Kumar Mishra had resigned on moral grounds due to the

"The state government decided to hand over both the
cases to the CBI for further investigation so that the agency
could go into the depth of deputy CMO Y S Sachan`s death," an
official spokesman said here.

The announcement came hours after the the state
counsel told the Allahabad High Court, hearing a plea for
handing over the two cases to the CBI, that there was no need
for transferring the case to teh agency as the charge sheet
has already been filed.

The High Court asked the UP government to submit to it
the charge sheet and the case diary along with the entire
records related to the murder of two chief medical officers.

The spokesman said that the decision was taken to find
out if there is any connection between the death of Deputy CMO
Sachan and murder of two CMOs Arya and Singh.

Arrested on charges of financial irregularities,
Sachan, 52, was found dead inside the toilet of Lucknow
district jail hospital on the night of June 22. The case was
handed over to the CBI on July 13 by the state government
after a judicial probe found it to be prima facie a case of
The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court too ordered
a CBI inquiry into the case the next day.

Sachan had been named as the key conspirator in the
murder CMO B P Singh in April following the arrest of three
shooters hired to kill him.

The spokesman said that the government has also
decided to hand over further investigation into FIR lodged in
connection with financial irregularities in the office of CMO
(family welfare) to the CBI.

"Investigation into FIRs lodged on April 5 and 7 has
been handed over to the CBI with the intention that truth
should come to fore whether Sachan`s death has any connection
with these financial irregularities," he said.

He said that a letter has been senT to the CBI in
connection with the decisions taken by the state government.

"Though chargesheets have been filed in all the four
cases after police investigation, but further investigation
has been transferred to the CBI with the intention that if the
motive behind Sachan`s death is related to these cases then it
is revealed and names of all those involved in DyCMO muder
case are exposed," the spokesman said.

He said that one of the objective behind CBI inquiry
was to check recurrence of such incidents.
"The government is fully cooperating with the CBI in
Sachan`s case and all the related documents have been provided
to the agency," the spokesman said.

While Arya was shot dead in October last year when he
had gone for a morning walk, B P Singh was killed in a similar
manner on April 2.

Immediately after Singh`s murder, a case of financial
irregularities was lodged and Sachan was arrested along
with other staff.

Earlier today, the Lucknow bench of the court
comprising justices Pradeep Kant and Ritu Raj Awasthi directed
the state government to submit the records of the CMO murder
cases on July 22.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, counsel Prince
Lenin submitted that Sachan was held accused in the murder of
two CMOs and his death is already being probed by the CBI.

The petitioner counsel said that as all the cases were
co-linked it would be appropriate to hand over the
investigation into the murder case of chief medical officers,
family welfare to the agency as well.
The government counsel, however, submitted that as the
investigation into both the cases was complete and charge
sheets already filed there was no need for the CBI inquiry.


First Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 22:13
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