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SC raps UP govt for asking to stop CBI inquiry into MLA's death

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New Delhi, July 7 (UNI) The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the state of Uttar Pradesh seeking to stall a CBI inquiry into the murder of BJP MLA Krishna Nand Rai.

A bench comprising Justice B P Singh and Justice Altamas Kabir asked the petitioner state, ''How are you affected if the High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry to ensure free and fair investigation''.

Samajwadi party MP Afzal Ansari and UP mafia don Mukhtar Ansari, an independent MLA are the main accused in the case. Both brothers are in jail.

Krishna Nand Rai, MLA from Mehmoodabad constituency in district Gazipur was shot dead last year.

The court also made oral observations that ''accused are not gentelmen. Thirty-fourty criminal cases are pending against them and you are trying to protect such people''.

The petitioner state had challenged Allahabad High Court order Dated May 23, 2006 on the grounds that since the investigation in the case was already complete and the chargesheet had already been filed, and hence there was no justification for ordering a CBI inquiry.

Wife of the deceased MLA Alka Rai had moved the High Court seeking a CBI inquiry on the grounds that the state administration and the police have left no stone unturned in weakining the case through shoddy and biased investigation.

She had also contended that Afzal is a ruling party MP in the state and his brother Mukhtar also supporting the Mulayam Singh government in the state and therefore she had no faith in the local administration and the police.

The High Court had accepted her contention and ordered a fresh inquiry by the CBI.

The High Court order has been challenged by UP in the Supreme Court.

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