CBI lodges FIR in Mahant Narendra Giri death case

LUCKNOW: The special crime branch of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Delhi unit registered an FIR in connection with the death of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad chief Mahant Narendra Giri on Friday.
The case has been registered under the charges of abetment to suicide against Anand Giri, who is currently under judicial custody after being arrested by the Prayagraj police.
The CBI officials said that all aspects pertaining to the death of ABAP chief would be probed by them.
A six-member team to probe the case will soon reach Prayagraj, said sources in CBI.
They also said that a member of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) is also a part of the team.
A unit of CBI had already visited the crime scene for preliminary inquiry and met members of the Special Investigating Team (SIT) constituted by the government to probe the case on Thursday.
Senior officials in CBI remained tight-lipped but sources added that a crime recreation would be done soon after the CBI team reaches Prayagraj.
On the other hand, SIT officials were also busy collecting all documents pertaining to the case for handing it over to the CBI team. “Two mobile phones, the handwritten note, and the post-mortem examination report along with the videography done would be handed over to the CBI,” said an officer in SIT.
Highly placed sources in the central agency also claimed that initially the case was being handed over to the CBI special crime branch in Lucknow unit but after it stated that it already was over-burdened with cases, the Delhi unit was handed over the Giri case.
The Uttar Pradesh government had recommended a CBI probe into the death of Mahant Narendra Giri on September 22.
The government had always maintained that it was open to any investigation by any agency in the country if required. Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had also said that a CBI probe would be ordered if needed.
Former BJP MP and seer, Ram Vilas Vedanti, had raised questions over the suicide note and demanded a CBI probe into the death of Mahant Narendra Giri.
The demand for a CBI probe was also raised by opposition parties, including Congress and the Shiv Sena. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had sought a probe by a sitting high court judge.

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