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Assam, Meghalaya to dissolve judicial panels, hand over Mukroh case to CBI

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the decision to hand over the case to CBI was taken after none of the state’s commissions were able to make any progress with regard to the investigation.

GUWAHATI:

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on September 30, informed that Assam and Meghalaya have decided to dissolve the judicial commission set by both governments to probe the Mukroh firing incident, and hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

 “Both the governments will now request the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the matter instead of Assam-Meghalaya judicial commission at a neutral venue so that central government agency can inquire the matter properly,” Sarma told media persons after the chief minister’s level talk held in Guwahati on September 30.

Sarma said that the decision to hand over the case to CBI was taken after none of the state’s commissions were able to make any progress with regard to the investigation.

“In the judicial inquiry ordered by the Assam government, witnesses from Meghalaya are not coming, so is the case with Meghalaya judicial commission inquiry, as witnesses from Assam have not been able to attend the investigation process,” Sarma said.

He said that the CBI inquiry will ensure fair and impartial probe, and the case will be registered in either Delhi, Kolkata or other locations based on the CBI recommendation.

It may be mentioned that days after the Mukroh firing incident last year, chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi to request him for a CBI probe into the incident, however, that did not happen, and both states had to set up judicial commission for probing the matter.

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