SC Refuses CBI Probe Into Missing Witnesses in Asaram Rape Cases
File photo of self-proclaimed religious figure Asaram Bapu. (Photo: Reuters)
File photo of self-proclaimed religious figure Asaram Bapu. (Photo: Reuters)

SC Refuses CBI Probe Into Missing Witnesses in Asaram Rape Cases

The Supreme Court on Friday declined a plea for a CBI probe into the mysterious disappearance of a prosecution witness and assaults on other witnesses in Asaram’s rape case.

A bench of justices Anil R Dave and Adarsh Goel said it could be raised before the Allahabad High Court as complaints on it have been lodged in Uttar Pradesh.

If such a petition is filed, the High Court is requested to look into it and dispose the same on merits. After the bench gave the liberty of approaching the High Court, Bennet Castelino, who had filed the petition agreed to withdraw it.

In the circumstances, it will be appropriate if the petitioner approaches High Court of Allahabad by filing a petition with a similar prayer. 
Justices Anil R Dave and Adarsh Goel

The petitioner had brought the case of missing of Rahul Sachan, who was one of the witnesses. The petitioner informed the court that Sachan was also stabbed in Jodhpur court on 13 February 2015 where he was summoned as a prosecution witness.

It is a matter of concern that coincidentally important prosecution witnesses are being killed or assaulted in this case. It is likely that prosecution witnesses have personal knowledge of events that can expose a history of sexual abuse that many minor children and women have been exposed to. 
Bennet Castelino, Petitioner

The petition further said that Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat governments were conducting parallel probes into Sachan’s disappearance but till date he has not been traced.

He further said since 21 November 2015 there has been no contact with Sachan and the Uttar Pradesh police has been following this.

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