New Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI): The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday booked controversial Uttar Pradesh politician Raja Bhaiya under murder charges in the killing of police officer Zia-Ul-Haq after the probe into the case was handed over to the federal agency.
Raghuraj Pratap Singh, also known as Raja Bhaiya, was named in one of the four FIRs filed by the CBI on the basis of complaint given by Haq's wife Parveen Azad in which the five-time Indepedent MLA from Kunda in Pratapgarh district figured.
The Uttar Pradesh police had booked him earlier, but only for criminal conspiracy.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Zia was shot dead in Kunda while on duty on March 2.
The UP police had filed two FIRs--- one on the basis of Station House Officer (SHO) Manoj Shukla's report in which 10 people are suspects and another on the basis of complaint given by Parveen in which Raja Bhaiya along with four others were named.
Raja Bhaiya is likely to be questioned by CBI in connection with the probe.
Raja Bhaiya and four others have been accused in the FIR under Indian Penal Code sections related to murder, criminal conspiracy, rioting, intentional insult to provoke violence among others, CBI sources said.
Both the cases have been taken by up by the CBI for probe as referred by the state government, the sources said. Raja Bhaiya, 44, who resigned as a cabinet Minister after he was booked for criminal conspiracy, has a criminal record and has been jailed before.
The CBI is dispatching a 10-member team of Special Crime investigation officers including forensic specialists on Thursday to reach the crime site in Kunda and will take over probe, sources said.
“I hope for justice in the CBI probe. CBI must not come under any political pressure,” Haq's wife said.
Two other cases which are inter-related with the killing of the DSP--murders of Balipur village head Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav--have also been taken up by the agency for the probe making the total number of FIRs taken by CBI as four, they said.
CBI sources said the agency will start the probe on the basis of FIRs filed by the state police. They made it clear that all the accused have been named by the state government.
The agency would also take up the custody of two accused arrested by the state police--Rajeev Singh and Sanjay Singh alias Guddu Singh. Both are considered to be close aides of Raja Bhaiya, they said.