Dissatisfied with the nature and progress of investigation into the sensational murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, the High Court on Tuesday once again asked the State crime branch police to expand the purview of its investigation and file a fresh affidavit in the court.
The 80-year-old Hindu seer was brutally murdered along with four of his disciples during the Janmashtami celebrations at Jalespeta Ashram on August 23, 2008. The crime branch police were entrusted by the State government to probe into the matter and the police in the meantime have submitted two charge sheets in the case naming 14 accused of which only nine have been arrested till date.
Not satisfied with the crime branch investigation, the seer's disciple Brahmachari Madhav Chaitanya had filed a writ in HC seeking an impartial enquiry by an independent agency into the murder of the Hindu spiritual leader who was earlier attacked several times. The petitioner had also questioned that why the investigating police are not probing into the motive and conspiracy angle of the brutal murder.
“Although, the Swamiji had received threat letters to eliminate him several times before his death, the crime branch police have failed to make any headway in that angle”, argued the petitioner advocate M.N. Krishnamani, a senior lawyer of Supreme Court. Even as the police have filed two charge sheets in the case claiming all the accused are Maoist cadre, the main accused in the case has not yet been apprehended, Krishnamani told the court alleging that the investigating police officers are completely silent over the role of a local Church in the incident.
Vehemently urging the High Court to order for a CBI enquiry into the case, the SC lawyer alleged that the crime branch police have not made any significant progress in the case and are now trying to dilute the sensational murder case by painting the Naxals are the villains. He told the Court that the prosecution is trying to build up a soft case thereby facilitating the culprits to escape from punishment.
Krishnamani also brought to the notice of the HC that the crime branch police have not brought the reported resolution passed by a local Church into the purview of investigation.