New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Arjun Ram Meghwal on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe in the Kerala rape and murder case, alleging ‘several lapses’ in the investigation by the local police.

The law student, who was brutally raped on April 28, triggered a political controversy in the poll-bound state. Kerala goes to polls on May 16.

Meghwal spoke of the ‘lapses’ by the local police during the Zero Hour. He also said that he would write to the Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on handing the reins of the probe in the hands of the CBI for it was a ‘sensitive issue’.

Meghwal was part of the fact-finding three-member team that was sent to Kerala by the BJP. Meenakshi Lekhi and Udit Raj were the other two members of the committee.

The BJP member alleged that an FIR was not lodged on the same day of the heinous act and that there was no medical board. Also, the provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act were not used.

He also suggested that the director-general of police should head the special investigative team.

Congress, which is in power in Kerala, hit back, with its member Gaurav Gogoi saying the rape case of a 13-year-old girl in BJP-ruled Rajasthan should also be handed over to the CBI, eliciting strong protests from the BJP.

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