More than 18 years after the mysterious death of Congress leader Sarla Mishra, her family members and the BJP have demanded a CBI probe into the incident. At the time, the family had accused Digvijaya Singh, who was then Madhya Pradesh chief minister, and his brother Laxman Singh of playing a role in Mishra’s death.
The 40-year-old had sustained severe burns when she allegedly immolated herself on February 14, 1997. She died in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital five days later.
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On Monday, BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang wrote to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan seeking a probe into Mishra’s death. Sarang said the then home minister Charandas Mahant had assured a CBI probe on the floor of the Assembly on February 27, 1997 but no notification was ever issued.
Mishra’s brother Anand also called on Chouhan on Wednesday and, in the presence of reporters, said, “Is this how you plan to protect daughters? You can’t get the murder of a daughter probed by the CBI.”
After promising that he will do the needful, Chouhan took Anand inside his chamber in the Assembly and reportedly called up the DGP.
The Congress responded by attacking the BJP for raking up an old case. “Digvijaya Singh has himself favoured a CBI probe into the matter. Let the probe be ordered the truth will emerge,” Congress spokesman Manak Agrawal said.