Investigation into the case fraught with discrepancies

A magistrate's court on Wednesday posted to December 12 the case of death of Nagpur girl Yogita Thakre for orders.

The court had kept the final hearing on Wednesday. However, it extended the date by over a month seeking more time to read the closure report of the State Criminal Investigation Department.

Investigation into the death of the seven-year-old child, whose bruised body was found in a car parked on the premises of the house of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur, has been fraught with discrepancies.

Yogita's family has raised 23 objections on the CID's report filed by the agency last December.

Her family's lawyer Naresh Kolhe submitted a letter, seeking the police's reply on the family's objections on the CID report. The letter dated September 27, 2011, sent by the Deputy Secretary in the State Home Department was addressed to the Nagpur Police Commissioner.

It directs the addressee to “deeply investigate” the family's concerns and “submit a report to the government and the applicant [Yogita's father Ashok Thakre].”

However, Nagpur Police Chief Ankush Dhanvijay said the local police was “not concerned at all” with the case since it was with the CID.

“We are not supposed to interfere with the investigation at all.” Ravindra Kadam, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), echoed the stand. “The Crime Branch has nothing to do with the case. We may have forwarded it to the CID. Applications come in the routine course. The government should have sought a report from the CID since they are the investigating agency,” he said.

Family seeks CBI probe

Yogita's family had filed a petition in the High Court seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The court transferred the case from the local police to the CID.

According to the report, Yogita died of suffocation in the car with faulty lock mechanism. Formal probe papers obtained by the family under the RTI Act question the documented bloodstains and injury marks on her body. The car in which the body was found is also a contentious point.

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