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CBI takes over probe into CJM wife death

The CBI on Wednesday formally took over investigations,and registered a case into the death of Geetanjali Garg

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 8, 2013 1:43:24 am

The CBI on Wednesday formally took over investigations,and registered a case into the death of Geetanjali Garg,the 27-year-old wife of Ravneet Garg,Chief Judicial Magistrate of Gurgaon district. Geetanjali was found dead at a park in the Police Lines area of Gurgaon on July 17,with four bullet injuries.

While police initially claimed that it was suicide,Geetanjali’s family alleged that she had been murdered. Four days after the incident,a case of murder was lodged and sections relating to dowry death were added three days later.

On July 23,after Geetanjali’s family met Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,it was announced that the case would be referred to the CBI. At the time,Gurgaon Police Commissioner Alok Mittal had said: “Since Geetanjali’s family has demanded a CBI inquiry,we have recommended to the state police headquarters that the case be transferred to the CBI.”

Around 1,000 protesters,led by Geetanjali’s father O P Agarwal,had gathered outside the CJM’s residence on Sunday,demanding a CBI probe as well as the arrest of Ravneet Garg. “The Gurgaon police are responsible for the slow pace of investigation. We have been demanding a fair probe. More than 14 days after she died,police are yet to find a single piece of evidence,” Agarwal had alleged.

The protesters had blocked traffic for close to four hours on the Gurgaon Expressway.

Earlier,the family had also approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court,seeking the suspension of Garg,pending investigation. The family had said as long as Garg was CJM,there would be very little chance of an unbiased investigation.

CBI officers said the case would be investigated under sections registered by Gurgaon police. However,if new facts emerge during investigation,new sections could be added,they said.

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