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CBI refuses to investigate Hari Masjid case
September 29, 2008 17:39 IST
The case pertains to death of seven persons in police firing inside the mosque in south Mumbai during the 1992-93 communal riots.
Farooq Mhapkar, a survivor of the firing, has moved the high court, seeking a CBI inquiry, the Maharashtra government is agreeable to this, but the CBI is not willing to take up the case.
The state government issued a notification last year, handing over the case to CBI. But the agency told the high court that its hands were already full, and it cannot investigate a 15-year-old case in which special task force had already given the police a clean chit.
On the other hand, police have filed a case of rioting against Mhapkar.
The court said that it would examine whether the CBI can refuse to take over a case despite a request from the state government. The hearing has been adjourned till October 7.
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