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Badaun sisters’ death: Local court rejects CBI closure report

Earlier, the families of the deceased girls had contested CBI's claim that the two had committed suicide and maintained that the girls were raped and hanged.

A special court in Badaun Wednesday rejected the closure report filed by the CBI into the alleged gangrape and murder case of two girls whose bodies were found hanging from a tree near their village in Katra Saadatganj on May 28 last year.

In its closure report submitted on December 11 last year, the investigating agency had held that the girls were neither sexually assaulted nor killed but had committed suicide. The families of the girls, who were cousins, had filed a protest plea against the closure report.

“Additional District Judge Virendra Kumar Pandey, in a 25-page verdict, rejected the closure report filed by CBI. The court has also summoned Pappu Yadav, the prime accused in the case, on the next date of hearing. We are yet to get a detailed court order,” petitioner’s counsel Kokab Hasan Naqvi told The Indian Express.

The accused in currently out on bail.

CBI spokesperson R K Gaur, too, said they are yet to get a detailed court order and will comment only after studying it.

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In its closure report, submitted in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Badaun, the CBI had said the girls committed suicide after the relationship of the elder sister with Pappu Yadav had been exposed. It said the younger sister was also desirous of a relationship with the same man. Both girls, the agency claimed, committed suicide in shame after being found out by an uncle.

The victims’ family, however, moved Allahabad High Court seeking details of all the case-related material that led the CBI to conclude that the girls were neither sexually assaulted nor killed but had committed suicide.

Following a High Court order on July 22, the CBI provided the documents, based on which the family filed a protest application against the closure report.

The girls, aged 14 and 16, were found hanging from a mango tree near their village on May 28 last year. Their family had alleged that the girls were kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by five youths from the village, including three brothers — Pappu Yadav, Awdesh and Urvesh — and two police constables Chhatrapal and Sarvesh Yadav. All five were arrested and the policemen were discharged from service.

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