Asaram case: SC declines to order CBI probe into missing witnesses

The Supreme Court Friday declined to pass a direction for a CBI probe into the mysterious disappearance of a prosecution witness and assaults on other witnesses in a rape case involving Asaram. A bench of justices Anil R Dave and Adarsh Goel said it could be raised before the Allahabad High Court as complaints on it have been lodged in Uttar Pradesh.

If such a petition is filed, the High Court is requested to look into it and dispose the same on merits. After the bench gave the liberty of approaching the High Court, Bennet Castelino, who had filed the petition agreed to withdraw it. “In the circumstances, it will be appropriate if the petitioner approaches High Court of Allahabad by filing a petition with a similar prayer,” the bench said, noting that the FIR relating to disappearance of the witness was filed in Uttar Pradesh.

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