Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Orissa Refuses CBI Probe into Kandhamal Riots

Orissa refuses to hand over Kandhamal riot case to CBI

Says CBI Has Lost Its Credibility

Orissa's BJP led state government has rejected the opposition's demand for a CBI probe into communal violence in Kandhamal.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) established on 1 April 1963, is India's premier investigating agency, responsible for a wide variety of criminal and national security matters.

"CBI had lost its credibility by giving clean chit to Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, an accused in the Bofors case" Orissa's Excise Minister Debi Prasad Mishra told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

The Minister also claimed that the Orissa police was effectively investigating into the killing of VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and communal violence thereafter.

More in this report.

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