Lucknow: Under intense pressure, Mayawati Government on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe into the murder of two chief medical officers, barely a week after the agency was asked to investigate the mysterious death of their colleague Y S Sachan in a jail here.

The BSP government, which has been facing an opposition onslaught, also decided to hand over to the CBI the probe into alleged financial irregularities in the family welfare department of which the murders of Vinod Kumar Arya and B P Singh are believed to be a fallout.

Two state ministers Babu Singh Khushwaha and Anant Kumar Mishra had resigned on moral grounds due to the controversy.

"The state government decided to hand over both the cases to the CBI for further investigation so that the agency could go into the depth of deputy CMO Y S Sachan's death," an official spokesman said here.

The announcement came hours after the the state counsel told the Allahabad High Court, hearing a plea for handing over the two cases to the CBI, that there was no need for transferring the case to the agency as the charge-sheet has already been filed.

The High Court asked the UP government to submit to it the charge- sheet and the case diary along with the entire records related to the murder of two chief medical officers.

The spokesman said that the decision was taken to find out if there is any connection between the death of Deputy CMO Sachan and murder of two CMOs Arya and Singh.

"The government is fully cooperating with the CBI in Sachan's case and all the related documents have been provided to the agency," the spokesman said.

While Arya was shot dead in October last year when he had gone for a morning walk, B P Singh was killed in a similar manner on April 2.

Immediately after Singh's murder, a case of financial irregularities was lodged and Sachan was arrested along with other staff.

Early on Thursday , the Lucknow bench of the court comprising justices Pradeep Kant and Ritu Raj Awasthi directed the state government to submit the records of the CMO murder cases on July 22.

Appearing on the behalf of the petitioner, counsel Prince Lenin submitted that Sachan was held accused in the murder of two CMOs and his death is already being probed by the CBI.

The petitioner counsel said that as all the cases were co-linked it would be appropriate to hand over the investigation into the murder case of chief medical officers, family welfare to the agency as well.

The government counsel, however, submitted that as the investigation into both the cases was complete and chargesheets already filed there was no need for the CBI inquiry.

(Agencies)