UP CMO murders: Allahabad HC orders CBI probe
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 19:52
Lucknow: A fortnight after ordering a CBI inquiry in Deputy CMO Y S Sachan death case, the Allahabad High Court today asked the agency to probe the killing of two of his seniors, observing that the murders may have been carried out to put a curtain on UP health department scam.

While also directing the CBI to probe the alleged irregularities in National Rural Health Mission here, a Lucknow bench comprising justices Pradeep Kant and Ritu Raj Awasthi set a three-month deadline for the completion of the inquiry.

The order came a week after the Mayawati government had recommended a CBI probe into the murders of the Chief Medical Officers V K Arya and B P Singh and the health department scam of which the murders were alleged to be a fallout.

The bench said that it also cannot be ruled out at this stage that the death of Sachan in judicial custody was not the result of the same series of murders having been planned and carried out to put a curtain on the financial irregularities committed in implementing the NRHM programme.

The court said the police investigation and the submission of charge sheets cannot prohibit the CBI from launching fresh investigations.

"Once this court has already entrusted the investigation in the case of Dr Sachan to the CBI, an order, we are told, has been approved by the apex court in a writ petition filed by Dr Malti Sachan under Article 32 of the Constitution," it said.

"Since the state government itself has referred the matters relating to NRHM irregularities committed at Lucknow, to the CBI and further that since the investigation can be transferred to the agency even after the submission of charge sheets, keeping in mind the dictum of the Supreme Court and the steps taken by the state government, we do feel that the matters require to be investigated by the CBI thoroughly," the court said.

"The Director, CBI, is directed to take charge of the investigation immediately," the bench said in its order.

The court asked the state to provide all assistance and logistic support to the CBI. "The investigation shall be completed expeditiously, say, within a maximum period of three months."

The bench also directed that no action should be taken by the magistrate concerned in pursuance of the charge sheets already submitted.

"We clarify that any observation made in this order, which may apparently touch the facts under investigation, would not be taken as opinion of this court on the issues in question," the bench said.

The court had on last Friday reserved its order on the pending PIL seeking direction for the CBI probe into the murder of two CMOs in the state capital.

While CMO Arya was shot dead in October last year, B P Singh was killed in Gomti Nagar area on April 2 last. Later on June 22, Dy CMO Sachan, who was named as the conspirator in Singh's murder, was also found dead inside the Lucknow district jail hospital.


First Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 15:10

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