Bengaluru: The top court has sought response from the Maharashtra government as a plea arose before it for the transferring of the Palghar lynching case to the CBI. 

The petitioners prayed before the bench consisting of Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah and V Ramasubramanian that they have no confidence in the Maharashtra government. 

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It was also sought by the petitioners that the NIA take over the probe to ensure evidence is not lost. 

A group of petitioners, all Juna Akhara priests and some of the relatives of the victims had approached the top court, with their prayers. 

"There is a reasonable apprehension of bias, if Respondent No. 2 (Maharashtra police) proceeds with the investigation. It is judicially acknowledged that right to fair and just investigation is guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. Therefore, the petitioners have approached this court inter alia, seeking transfer of investigation of the matter to the Central Bureau of Investigation", argued the petitioners.

While the counsel of the opposing party contended that several such pleas are pending before the Bombay high court, the lawyer for the petitioners further argued that witnesses were committing suicide and there was cause for concern. 

It might be recalled that chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had remained silent about the incident until he was shamed into acting after the visuals of the horrible lynching went viral on the social media.  

A sadhu can be seen pleading helplessly to a policeman to help him out but the cop pushes him back into the crowd. 

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The lives of sadhus under Uddhav Thackeray beg some attention as two more sadhus were attacked in the same state of Maharashtra. 

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