UP teen case: Mayawati open to CBI probe

Mayawati said she was not opposed to a CBI probe into the death of a girl whose body was found hanging in a police compound.

Lucknow: Facing opposition flak, UP Chief Minister Mayawati Wednesday said her government has no objection
to a CBI inquiry into the Lakhimpur teenaged girl`s murder
case if the victim`s family wanted it.

However, she said her government has been apprehensive
as the CBI had "messed up" the Aarushi Talwar murder case in

"If the family of the victim wants a CBI or any other
inquiry my government has no objection to it. The only fear is
that in case of CBI inquiry the probe may get messed up like
in the Aarushi murder case," she said.

Condemning the incident in which a 14-year-old girl
was allegedly raped and murdered inside a police station, the
chief minister said she wanted to assure the family of the
victim that sternest action would be taken against the guilty.

"Whenever any inhuman incident occurs against women,
opposition should rise above party politics and help catch the
culprits. They should not indulge in dirty politics," she

In a related development, the state government has
suspended the then SP of Lakhimpur D K Rai, who had stated
after the first post mortem on the teenager that she had
committed suicide and was not murdered. The second post-mortem
has concluded that the girl was killed but not raped. The girl
was found hanging in the premises of Nighasan police station
in the district on Friday.

Accusing the Centre of indirectly politicising the
government commissions, she said, "Other than UP, atrocities
are taking place against Dalits across the country, but no
where does the Centre sends its commissions."

While atrocities against women and other crimes were
taking place in Delhi, the commissions were not being to carry
out inquiries, she said.

"Despite the fact that all the commissions have their
headquarters in Delhi, they are being sent to inquire into
cases of atrocities against women and other crimes by the
Centre, because it has its own government," Mayawati alleged.

Coming down heavily on the previous state governments,
Mayawati alleged, "Opposition parties during their rule
produced professional mafias and criminals in large numbers
for political gains....we have inherited this evil".

On the issue of Lokpal Bill, the Chief Minister
suggested that members of the civil society should create
awareness among people if they want the bill to incorporate
certain proposals suggested by them.