Legal Correspondent

Supreme Court hears plea seeking CBI probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a petition seeking a CBI inquiry into the April 10 Meerut Fair fire incident in which more than 50 persons were killed.

A Bench of Chief Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and Justice C.K. Thakker issued the notice on a petition filed by Sanjay Gupta, whose family members were killed in the incident.

The petitioner contended that the administration had demonstrated utterly callous attitude and even the dead bodies of the victims were allegedly bulldozed at the instance of the top officials including the then District Magistrate.

He also alleged the compensation announced by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had not been given to the victims till date and no case had been registered against any of the top district officials who granted permission for holding the fair.

Safety norms

Further, safety norms were violated, as there were no fire extinguishers in the fair. He alleged that the dead bodies were bulldozed to bring down the official death figure.

He sought a direction for a CBI probe to ensure free and fair investigation in the incident and to bring the culprits to book and also to ensure that such incidents did not recur in the future.