CBI starts further probe into Sachan murder case

Lucknow Dy CMO was found dead in jail on June 22,2011,CBI report had termed it suicide.

Lucknow | Published: November 20, 2013 6:27:54 am

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun further investigations in the murder case of Lucknow Deputy CMO Dr Y S Sachan who was found dead mysteriously in Lucknow district jail on June 22,2011.

The agency had filed a closure report October 27 last year with its finding that Sachan had committed suicide by causing self-inflicted injuries and hanging self.

The Lucknow CBI court,however,February 21 ordered further investigation after Dr Sachan’s wife Malti challenged the CBI report,which held Sachan’s death was not a murder but a case of suicide.

The court had held that the agency did not investigate the facts and evidence collected in the judicial inquiry by Lucknow’s chief judicial magistrate,which declared Sachan’s death a murder.

Replying to Malti’s application,the agency November 16 submitted a progress report stating that investigation is in progress.

When contacted,Malti Sachan said no CBI official has contacted her. “I had filed application to know the progress of the investigation as I have no source to know in this regard.”

Sachan was arrested in two cases of irregularities in implementation of NRHM in Lucknow April 4,2011. While lodged in jail,he was named as a key conspirator behind the murders of CMOs Dr V K Arya and Dr B P Singh following arrest of three murder accused June 17,2011.

On June 22,Sachan was found dead in an unlit first-floor toilet of the jail hospital late evening. His body had eight wounds,and rested on the toilet seat,with his belt around his neck and the other end tied to ventilator.

While the government declared that Sachan had committed suicide,his family alleged he was killed to prevent him from making disclosures,which could implicate some influential people.

Following a PIL,the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court ordered a CBI probe into Sachan’s death.

Basing its findings on evidence and opinion of forensic experts,the agency rubbished the findings of a panel of five doctors who conducted the autopsy and held that Sachan’s death was caused due to shock and haemorrhage from eight incised ante-mortem wounds,and that the ligature mark on Sachan’s neck was caused by post-mortem hanging.

On the contrary,the CBI in its closure report,said a board of doctors from AIIMS in Delhi held that Sachan’s death was caused due to ante-mortem hanging associated with multiple suicidal wounds. There was no prove to show it was homicide,the report said.

Meanwhile,the CBI has also begun further investigation into the role of former Lucknow CMO Dr A K Shukla in the murder of CMOs Dr V K Arya and Dr B P Singh. The agency,in May,had filed closure report into allegations about Dr Shukla’s role in both the murders stating there is insufficient evidence to prosecute him in both the cases.

CBI’s chief information officer,Kanchan Prasad confirmed that further investigation in the murder cases of CMOs and that of Dr Y S Sachan have begun.

Manish Sahu

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