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High Court orders CBI probe into Andhra student's murder

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

The on Thursday ordered a probe by Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into 11-year-old sensational case of a Andhra pharmacy student's rape and murder.

A division bench comprising and Justice asked the agency to register a fresh First Information Report (FIR) and take up the investigation.

The court also entrusted to the investigation agency the probe into the destruction of records relating to the case.

The bench passed the orders on a petition by parents of Ayesha Meera, a 19-year-old pharmacy student who was raped and murdered brutally in a hostel at in 2007. They had sought handing over of the case to the CBI.

Last month, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the case, had informed the High Court that the records were destroyed in the trial court.

Ayesha was raped and murdered on December 27, 2007. Her body was found outside the toilet on the second floor of the in Ibrahimpatnam, where she was staying.

In 2008, police claimed that one Satyam Babu, arrested in a cell phone robbery case, confessed to Ayesha's murder.

Ayesha's parents had alleged that police pinned the crime on to misdirect the investigation as a relative of former was involved in the crime.

The in Vijayawada, on September 10, 2010, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Last year the acquitted It also ordered action against the police officials who investigated the case.

Subsequently the constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct a fresh probe. The High Court was supervising the probe by SIT earlier this year.

Expressing its unhappiness over the manner in which SIT conducted the probe, the court reached a conclusion that only a probe by CBI would be proper.



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:24 IST