The Allahabad High Court Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking transfer of the probe into the alleged lynching of a man in Dadri last year to the CBI.
A Division Bench comprising Justices Ramesh Sinha and Rekha Dixit dismissed the petition of Sanjay Singh, a BJP worker and the father of one of the accused, who had alleged that the Uttar Pradesh police were not investigating the case in “a fair and impartial manner” and had, so far, not placed before the trial court the report of a forensic lab at Mathura, which had established that the meat seized from the house of Mohd Akhlaq was “of cow or its progeny”.
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Akhlaq (55) was beaten to death in September, 2015 by a mob which had barged into his house at Bisara village in Dadri area of Gautam Budh Nagar infuriated over a rumour that his family had slaughtered a cow and consumed its meat. Akhlaq’s son Danish was also severely beaten up by the mob.
Singh had filed the petition in February, 2016, seeking CBI probe into the case and also a stay on proceedings in the case pending with the sessions court in Gautam Budh Nagar.
The high court dismissed the petition following the submission of Additional Advocate General, UP, Imran Ullah that the petitioner’s allegations were “wrong” since the police have already filed chargesheet in the matter and the report of the forensic lab has already been filed before the trial court.
Petitioner’s lawyer, Vijit Saxena, said, “We will file a special leave petition before the Supreme Court challenging the order.”
An FIR naming 10 people was lodged and all the accused were arrested within three weeks of the incident. Later, based on a statement recorded by Danish and his sister Shaista, police arrested seven more persons.
In December, 2015, the police filed chargesheet in the case. In April, this year, the report of forensic laboratory in Mathura was submitted in court. It stated that the meat sample recovered from outside victim’s house belonged to a “cow or its progeny”. In October, one of the accused, Ravin Sisodia, died in a Delhi hospital.