The Supreme Court issued notice in a plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Palghar lynching case, in which three people including two Sadhus were killed by a mob in Maharashtra back in April.

The matter was heard by a Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah, and V Ramasubramanian.

Hindu Sadhus of the Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara and relatives of the two deceased priests approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI investigation into the killing, claiming it was not possible for the Maharashtra CID to conduct a free and fair probe in the case.

At today’s hearing, a connected plea was also filed seeking a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the case. Advocate Subhash Jha, appearing for the petitioner, raised the apprehension that evidence may “disappear”. The Court has issued notice in this matter as well.