SC notice to CBI in Pari murder case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the CBI after hearing a petition filed by the mother of a five-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and killed in July last year in Nayagarh, seeking a CBI inquiry into her death.
A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar, issued notice to the CBI after Soudamini requested the apex court to direct the Central investigating agency to probe Pari’s murder. The petitioner stated that on July 13, 2020, her daughter was allegedly kidnapped when she was playing outside her house. Her skeletal remains were found on July 23. Soudamini has alleged that her daughter was a victim of organ trade racket.
The case came to limelight after the victim’s parents tried to immolate themselves in front of the Assembly demanding a probe into their daughter’s death. The State Government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in November to probe into the case.
The SIT, headed by Arun Bothra, arrested a youth, a neighbour of the victim, for rape and murder of the minor girl. However, the SIT probe has drawn criticism from the Opposition which has alleged involvement of an associate of State Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo in the case. The Minister’s aide has been named as the main accused in the complaint lodged by the parents.