Badaun: A local court in Badaun on Thursday directed CBI to provide a copy of the evidence to the victims’ counsel in connection with the death of two cousin sisters in May last year.

The court asked CBI why evidence was not provided to the opposite party.

Family members of the Badaun sisters. PTIFamily members of the Badaun sisters. PTI

Family members of the Badaun sisters. PTI

Additional District Judge Ahmadullah Khan fixed May 6 as the next date of hearing.

Earlier, on April 10 the CBI had counsel had sought additional time to submit evidences, which was accepted by the court.

The court had directed CBI to submit videography and remaining evidences on the next date of hearing.

On March 30 the victims’ counsel presented latest law and submitted that the closure report submitted by CBI should be dismissed.

CBI had filed the closure report on December 11 last year claiming that the girls had committed suicide and they were neither raped nor murdered.

The agency had filed its report saying there was no forensic or circumstantial evidence suggesting rape and murder as alleged in the FIR registered by Uttar Pradesh Police after the girls’ bodies were found hanging from a tree in Katra village on May 28 last year.

CBI had said that the girls committed suicide fearing retribution as the elder girl’s affair with a local boy from a different caste had come to light.

The girls’ families had alleged that they were kidnapped and murdered by five youths from the village.

The agency had closed the investigation after dropping charges against five persons – Pappu, Awadhesh and Urvesh Yadav (brothers) and police constables Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav – named as prime accused by the state police in the case.

CBI had filed the closure report on December 11 last year claiming that the girls had committed suicide and they were neither raped nor murdered.

Later, on February 5, the agency submitted evidences in a POCSO court to corroborate its closure report.

The agency had submitted 91-page report, including 34-page closure report, two pages each of the post mortem examination of both the girls, four pages containing the list of witnesses, while the remaining pages had statements of the witnesses, DNA, forensic and status reports, among others.

The agency had filed its report saying there was no forensic or circumstantial evidence suggesting rape and murder as alleged in the FIR registered by Uttar Pradesh Police after the girls’ bodies were found hanging from a tree in Katra village on May 28 last year.

CBI had said that the girls committed suicide fearing retribution as the elder girl’s affair with a local boy from a different caste had come to light.

The girls’ families had alleged that they were kidnapped and murdered by five youths from the village.

The incident sparked an outcry in the country and abroad with questions being raised over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

The agency had closed the investigation after dropping charges against five persons – Pappu, Awadhesh and Urvesh Yadav (brothers) and police constables Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav – named as prime accused by the state police in the case.

PTI

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Badaun case: Court asks CBI to share evidence with victims’ lawyer