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SC hands teen murder probe to CBI

New Delhi, May 23: The Supreme Court today ordered a CBI probe into the killing of an Uttar Pradesh teenage girl by a gangster allegedly patronised by the ruling Samajwadi Party, terming “lackadaisical” the state’s approach in tracking down the assassin.

Riya died and some of her family members were injured when Praveen alias Billu and two others opened fire outside their home in Muzaffarnagar district in a dispute over a canal in March this year.

“Ordinarily, we would have been hesitant to interfere (in the investigation)…but (even in) serious offences registered since long and the fact that the accused has not been apprehended, the state investigating agency has not been able to arrest him and produce him before court,” the apex court said.

The order came on a petition by Suresh Pal, the father of the girl, who alleged that the police had not taken Praveen into custody as he was influential and well connected to the ruling party.

The court made it clear, however, that it was not judging the “merits” of the case, only trying to ensure the probe was conducted quickly and impartially.

The court termed the police’s attitude “lackadaisical”. “We have directed transfer of the investigation in view of the lackadaisical attitude shown by the state investigating agency and also keeping in mind the citizenry anguish to get a case appositely investigated by the police,” Justice Dipak Misra, writing the order, said.