The Gauhati High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Assam government and CBI over the refusal of the investigating agency to probe the killing of an engineer of the state agriculture department in 2012.
Justice Ujjal Bhuyan issued the notice after hearing a writ petition by the dead engineer Gadapani Pathak's widow Swarnali Deka Pathak and directed the CBI and the state government to file their responses.
The petitioner had alleged that her husband was abducted and murdered on May 2, 2012 while he was returning from Bongaigaon on official duty and a case was registered at the Abhayapuri police station.
The state government had in a letter to the central investigating agency on September 26, 2012, recommended a CBI inquiry into the case.
The CBI had, however, in a letter dated November 27, 2012, informed the government that it would not be possible on its part to investigate the case due to resource constraints.
The petitioner subsequently approached the Gauhati High Court, pleading that CBI make a detailed investigation and file a chargesheet in the murder of her husband.
The court after hearing the case issued notices to the respondents -- CBI and the state government -- and directed them to file their responses.
The judge fixed November 28 as the next date of hearing.