Ahmedabad : A local court on Wednesday rejected a plea seeking the CBI probe in the 2008 death case of two cousins staying at self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s ashram in Ahmedanad.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate M V Gohel rejected the plea filed by the parents of the deceased on the ground that the probe agency – state CID – has already filed the charge sheet after investigating the case.

Cousins Dipesh Vaghela (10) and Abhishek Vaghela (11) went missing from Asaram’s gurukul, a residential school situated in Motera ashram of the city, on July 3, 2008 under mysterious circumstances.

On July 5, 2008, the mutilated bodies of the two boys were found in the Sabarmati riverbed near the ashram. The parents of the two children had filed a plea before a magisterial court in January this year seeking transfer of the investigation to the CBI.

A widespread public agitation was held against Asaram after the two boys were found dead, with allegations that their deaths were linked to black magic practiced in the ashram.

Illegal constructions

Meanwhile, a committee formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has reported that the ashram of Asaram is in the ecologically sensitive central ridge of New Delhi has a ‘large number’ of illegal constructions.

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