The order on a revision petition filed by Padma, wife of slain Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and Babita, wife of journalist Hemchandra Pandey, on their dismissed protest petition were posted for March 28, by Adilabad Family Court Judge, Aruna Sarika. Arguments on the revision petiton presented by CBI advocate B. Alexander Lenin Raja and advoate for petitioners, D. Suresh were completed at the court on Thursday. The arguments centred around Neelakanteshwar Rao, the doctor who conducted post mortem on the body of Azad at Mancherial hospital on July 3, 2010, being denied an opportunity to explain the nature of injuries in the lower court in Adilabad which was dealing with the protest petition.
The advocate for petitioners contended that the opinion of the doctor was crucial to the decision on taking cognizance of the plea. It may be recalled that the top Maoist and the journalist were killed in an alleged encounter at Sarkepalli forest in Wankidi mandal of Adilabad District on July 2, 2010. The petitioners had accused the police of eliminating the two in a fake encounter. The CBI had subsequently conducted an inquiry into the allegation and given a clean chit to the policemen who had participated in the encounter. The protest petition was filed following the submission of the CBI report to the Supreme Court.