Prayagraj: Two months after the death of then Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) chief Mahant Narendra Giri, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed chargesheet against three people, including his disciple Anand Giri, on the charges of abetment to suicide of Narendra Giri.
After taking cognizance of chargesheet, the CJM summoned the accused and fixed November 25 for the next hearing of the matter.
The CBI stated that there is sufficient evidence against the trio of committing the offence of abetment to commit suicide and criminal conspiracy in connection with the alleged suicide of the Mahant, who was found hanging in his ashram in UP’s Prayagraj in September.
Apart from Anand, Adya Prasad Tiwari and Sandeep Tiwari were also named in the chargesheet. All three had been named in Narendra Giri’s suicide note, who accused them of mentally harassing him, following which the police filed a FIR with charges of abetting suicide under Section 306 of IPC.
In the chargesheet, three accused, including Anand Giri, had been charged under section 306 (abetment to commit suicide) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
Chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Harendra Nath, took cognizance of the chargesheet, saying that sufficient ground for taking cognizance are available. Besides, all the three accused, who appeared through video conferencing did not raise any objection.
All the three accused are already in jail, as they were arrested within 24 hours and remanded to judicial custody after the Mahant’s death.
After 48 hours the CBI took over the case from UP police on the recommendation of the UP government.
During the investigation, the agency has recovered tapes of conversations between the accused and these have been sent for forensic examination. At one stage, it had also moved the court and obtained the permission to record voice samples from Anand Giri and the other accused, which they want to compare to the recovered tapes.
The body of the then president of ABAP, Narendra Giri, was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in Shri Math Baghambari Gaddi under the limits of Georgetown police station in Prayagraj on September 20, 2021.
At present, they all are lodged in the Naini central jail here.