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Asaram rape case: UP recommends CBI probe into witness murder

35-year-old Akhil was shot by unknown persons on his way home in Muzaffarnagar in January this year.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: July 25, 2015 1:54 am
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Uttar Pradesh government on Friday recommended a CBI probe into the murder of Akhil Kumar Gupta, a key witness in a rape case against self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu. Gupta (38), who worked as a cook and personal aide of Asaram, was shot dead in Muzaffarnagar on January 11. “A CBI probe has been recommended to facilitate investigation into the murder of witness Akhil Gupta,” said Debashis Panda, principal secretary (Home) in Lucknow.

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Muzaffarnagar resident Gupta was questioned by Gujarat Police in 2013 in connection with the alleged rape of two sisters in Surat, and had given a statement against Asaram. Both Asaram and his son have been booked in the case. Gupta was the second witness to be killed after Amrut Prajapati who was shot dead in June 2014. Another witness Kripal Singh was killed earlier this month. Gupta’s wife Varsha, also a witness in the case, had written to the state government requesting for CBI probe.

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    Govind Bisht
    Jul 25, 2015 at 1:24 am
    its absolutely indispensable to find out the truth with an unbiased CBI probe that shall unearthed the facts. The courts are surely v biased as it has not granted bail which is a right of the accused. Accused or guilty will b decided in due course. Why the sessions court has not granted him bail? one needs to answer this first as it is also a legal terrorism. Time n again bail pleas are rejected citing some or the other flimsy reasons best known to the perpetrators of the conspirators.
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    1. Sanjeev Singal
      Jul 25, 2015 at 12:19 am
      Who will decide whether an accused saint is guilty or innocent - devotees or courts of law?
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      1. Syed Muniruddin
        Jul 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm
        IS the killing of dangerous witnesses against a VIP becoming an established practice in India?
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