Shillong, Oct 2: The announcement of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati on last Saturday that both Meghalaya and Assam have agreed to hand over the CBI inquiry into the Mukroh incident is nothing new.
Scrapping of both the inquiries was a suprise move as the CBI inquiry and judicial probes were to continue parallel.
The decision was after the chief minister level meeting held to discuss the border dispute.
A day after the Mukroh firing incident on November 22 last year, Assam chief minister who was in Delhi had announced the decision to hand over the investigation to the CBI in addition to the judicial probe.
Similarly, Meghalaya government too wanted a CBI probe into the matter besides ordering a judicial inquiry.
Assam commission on Mukroh completed the probe and handed over the report to the Assam government on September 20 while the Meghalaya commission headed by Justice (retd) T Vaiphei was to complete the probe shortly.
The stand of Assam chief minister that there has been no progress on the judicial inquiries contradict the orders of the Meghalaya commission which had regular sittings and got cooperation from Assam officers supported by their lawyers.