SC/ST panel questions Uttar Pradesh on doctor’s deathJune 25th, 2011 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, June 25 (IANS) The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (NCSCST) Saturday questioned the Uttar Pradesh government why it was not willing for a CBI inquiry into the death of deputy chief medical officer Y.S. Sachan in jail.
“I have asked the government to come up with reasons to explain why it thinks the case should not be handed over to the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation),” NCSCST Chairman P.L. Punia told IANS, after issuing a notice to the government.
Sachan, the prime accused in chief medical officer (CMO) family welfare B.P. Singh’s murder, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a Lucknow district jail toilet Wednesday evening. Police claimed he committed suicide.
“The government has to file its reply by July 4. The case appears to be highly suspicious. It’s surprising and shocking… The commission wants to know why the government is not ready to accept the demands of a CBI probe being made by Sachan’s family and others,” he added.
The commission’s notice comes a day after the Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission (UPHRC) issued notice to the state government and police, taking cognisance of the autopsy report of Sachan which said injury marks around his neck were caused after his death.
The rights panel’s member Justice Vishnu Sahai said it aroused serious suspicion that Sachan, arrested for allegedly having his superior murdered, was killed and some manipulation was done to twist to make it appear as a case of suicide.
“(There were) nine injuries out of which eight were ante-mortem (caused before death) and one was post-mortem (caused after death),” Sahai said.
Sachan was facing charges of not only masterminding Singh’s murder but for also giving money for what was officially termed as “contract killing”.
Sachan’s death is the third in succession over alleged bungling of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds in Uttar Pradesh.
Singh was gunned down during his morning walk outside his residence in Lucknow’s posh Gomati Nagar April 2, and his predecessor Vinod Arya was also similarly shot dead by masked motorcyclists as he stepped out of his home for his morning walk in October 2010.
Award of huge contracts for supply of goods and equipment under the centrally-funded NRHM and large-scale financial bungling were officially stated to be the cause behind both the murders.
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