High Court of Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur, on Monday issued notices to Union government and National Investigation Agency over Jheeram Valley massacre probe.
The notices were issued to them on petitioners Vivek Bajpayee and Daulat Rohra’s plea that the NIA winded up the case without probing the conspiracy angle.
Earlier FIRs were registered against Naxal leaders Ganapati and Ramanna but surprisingly the names of them disappear from the chargesheet the NIA submitted in the court. Thus by excluding the names of them the NIA had overlooked the conspiracy angle, they pleaded.
Advocate of the petitioners Sudeep Shrivastava also pleaded before the high court that the Union government had misused the section 6(3) and 7 of the NIA.
Due to laxity and negligence of the NIA, conspiracy angle was overlooked in the probe and ultimately the case has been winded up. With change in government in Chhattisgarh, the newly formed state government had set up a Special Investigation team but the NIA is not cooperating by handing over the case file to it, the petitioners said.
Notable, the top brass of Congress, including the then PCC Chief Nandkumar Patel, Mahendra Karma, Vidyacharan Shukla were among the 29 persons who were massacred during election campaign Parivartan Rally on May 25, 2013.
Meanwhile, the High Court issued notices to the Centre and the NIA and had demanded explanation from them.