But the latest reports say that CBI's efforts to exhume bodies of the Badaun rape victims on Sunday suffered a major jolt as rising levels of Ganga submerged the graves of the two minor girls, prompting agency officials to decide on examining the lady doctor who conducted the first autopsy by a medical board.
The agency drew flak from the family of the victims for the delay in the exhumation process. CBI has contended that the decision to exhume the bodies can only be taken by the three-member medical board and the agency can only facilitate the process. The premier investigating agency has been claiming to explore all possible angles in the gruesome rape and murder case which has shocked the entire world. Not satisfied with primary autopsy report the investigators have been harping upon conducting a second post mortem of but kept sitting on the issue.
The whole incident has shown sheer laxity of country's premier investigating agency as despite warning by the Irrigation department the agency.
Executive Engineer of Uttar Pradesh Irrigation department's Flood Division DK Jain said, "Due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand, water level in the Ganga is rising and in next two days the graves could be submerged."
But despite the warning the agency did not move things at a faster pace and now with gushing waters from the swollen Ganga submerging the graves, the agency has been prompted to go in for examination of the doctor who conducted the first autopsy.
The story so far:
26 May 2014: Two teenage girls went missing on the evening of May 26 from Katra village of Budaun district, Uttar Pradesh, who had gone out to relieve themselves as there was no toilet in their home.
27 May: Gang rape and murder of the two girls is alleged and reported in the case.
29 May: Badaun's Superintendent of Police Man Singh Chouhan said, a post-mortem confirmed the girls were raped and died from hanging, and DNA samples had been taken to help identify the perpetrators.
1 June: The three men, Pappu Yadav, Awdesh Yadav, and Urvesh Yadav, were arrested and it was also said that they had confessed to the rape and murder of the girls.
6 June: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was set up by the government to probe the case. The team visited the village and met with witnesses.
8 June: Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police A L Banerjee said, "According to the postmortem report of the deceased, one of the girls was not raped and it appears to be a case of honour killing."
12 June: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) began an investigation and registered a First information report of the case.
12 June: Banerjee said that the girls were strangulated before death, and that there is a possibility that the accused could be innocent.
Victim's family said, "We always knew the police was biased... They are trying to frame our family to save the accused who are all Yadavs. We will leave the village and go to Delhi to fight for justice."
8 July: A second autopsy of the girls bodies was ordered by the CBI.
15 July: The CBI said it is investigating "alleged inconsistencies" in the statements made by the families of the girls.
The CBI recovered slippers of the older girl which are being seen as crucial evidence in the investigation into their death. As per CBI, "The family had allegedly withheld information on the whereabouts of a cellphone belonging to the older girl and about 20 days ago, gave it to the CBI in broken condition."
17 July: The CBI confirmed it would exhume the bodies of the two victims on the July 20, based on a recommendation from the medical board of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to conduct another post mortem examination and continue with further investigation.
21 July: CBI calls off exhumation, after bodies are found submerged in water.
Delay leading to piling up of cases?
It's because of such incidents that so many cases are still pending. If things could have been sorted after the warning of the irrigation department, the exhumation would have been over till now with further investigations going on at a smooth pace.
This laxity of our police and our premier investigating agency, has led to pendency of many such cases which would have been done and over with till now and the number of cases which are still pending would have been much lesser.