Mayawati defends state police in Noida double murder probe

June 3rd, 2008 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 3 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Tuesday came out openly in defence of state policemen who were under fire for botching up the investigations into the brutal murder of Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family domestic help Hemraj last month. Addressing a press conference here, Mayawati said: “Despite the fact that we have already handed over the case to the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), some opposition leaders have been casting aspersions upon our senior police officials involved in the investigation.”

She said after offering to hand over the case to the CBI, she had also transferred three top police officials, “but not because of any mistake on their part; it was done only to ensure that the officials are not accused of influencing the CBI probe”.

However, the chief minister sought to clarify that she would be willing to initiate action against her officials only if they were found prima facie guilty of botching up the probe.

“Now if the CBI levels allegations against these police officials, I would hold a proper departmental inquiry against them; but action would be initiated only if the CBI charges are proved,” she declared.

“I have never spared anyone, no matter howsoever high and mighty he might have been,” she sought to point out, citing the arrest of outlaw-turned-party MP Uma Kant Yadav. “Let me remind you that I sent him behind bars no sooner I discovered that he was indulging in criminal activities,” she asserted.

Without naming union women and child development minister Renuka Chowdhury, who has lashed out against the state police over the alleged shoddy murder probe, Mayawati said: “It seems that some opposition parties are only out to malign my government,” and warned: “It is my advice to them to shun such activity.”

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