Nigamananda case: No criminal conspiracy, says CBI

Dehradun: The CBI has ruled out any criminal conspiracy in the death of Swami Nigamananda during his hunger strike in Haridwar against illegal mining in Ganga riverbed, as it filed a closure report in special court here on Wednesday.

The viscera analysis report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) had ruled out poisoning of the Swami who died in June at a Dehradun hospital after a two-month-long protest.

It was alleged in the police complaint that the 36-year old seer of Haridwar-based Matri Sadan Ashram was poisoned on April 30 during his treatment at Haridwar District hospital by the then Chief Medical Superintendent in collusion with a stone crusher firm.

Based on the CFSL report and its investigation, CBI today filed a closure report at a special court here.

Nigamananda who was fasting against the orders of Uttarakhand High Court for nearly two months was admitted at Haridwar District Hospital and was transferred to Himalayan Institute Hospital, Dehradun where he died on June 13.

The CBI took over probe in the case on August 18 and carried out detailed investigations during which the agency interrogated all suspects including the hospital staff, their contacts and also carried out viscera analysis.

The agency took opinion of doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and came to the conclusion that there was no conspiracy to kill the Swami.

"The chemical analysis of the viscera did not detect any poison including Organo phosphorous poison," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said in Delhi.