The Supreme Court on Tuesday instructed Allahabad High Court to monitor the CBI probe in the infamous Hathras gang-rape case. The Supreme Court said that a request to transfer the trial in the case outside Uttar Pradesh is left open until the investigation in the case is completed.
The apex court’s direction came in response to a batch of petitions seeking a court-monitored probe in the case. Notably, a 19-year-old Dalit girl was brutally gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras by four upper-caste men on September 14. She eventually succumbed to injuries, while availing treatment at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29.
The apex court’s bench comprising of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian observed that once the investigation is complete, the transfer of the case can be considered. “As of now, CBI is dealing with it and there is no cause of apprehension,” it added.
The top court also asked the CBI to file the status report in the case before the high court.
The top court also asked the Allahabad High Court to delete the victim’s name from one of its orders on a PIL pending there.
Why the Hathras gang-rape case was referred to CBI?
Notably, the case was referred to the CBI by the Uttar Pradesh government after the alleged apathy of the administration snowballed into a political storm with Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress and other opposition leaders of the state from Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal staged massive protests.
The Opposition slammed the UP government for the manner in which the case was handled, especially the late-night cremation of the victim’s body without allowing her family to have a last look.
In fact, after facing flak from all sides, the UP police eventually claimed that the girl was not raped. This resulted in more criticism for the government and under pressure, Yogi Adityanath had to transfer the probe to CBI.
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