Badaun, Uttar Pradesh: Three men arrested in May after two teenaged girls were found hanging from a tree in a village in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, have been granted bail by a local court.
Two policemen arrested in the case were given bail two days ago.
The Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI, which is probing the case, said last week that it would not file a chargesheet just yet against the five men, indicating that it would not oppose bail.
The men were accused of rape and murder and were arrested soon after the girls, cousins aged 14 and 15, were found hanging, leading to national outrage. They have been in custody for 90 days, the maximum time that a person can be held in custody without being charged.
Forensic tests done at the reputed Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics have shown that the girls were not sexually abused. A preliminary report from a medical board has also said it is "highly unlikely" that the girls were raped.
CBI sources have emphasized that the agency's decision not to file a chargesheet at this stage does not mean it is giving a clean chit to anyone in the case.
It has conducted lie-detector tests on the accused men as well as the girls' families, who the investigators allege, are also not above suspicion.
The agency is investigating an allegation by the local police that the girls' murder was a case of honour killing.