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Mainpuri Girl's Death Case- Allahabad HC Orders Personal Presence Of State DGP If DNA Test Reports Aren't Received By Oct 25

Sparsh Upadhyay
21 Oct 2021 10:58 AM GMT
Mainpuri Girls Death Case- Allahabad HC Orders Personal Presence Of State DGP If DNA Test Reports Arent Received By Oct 25
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The Allahabad High Court on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction with the Uttar Pradesh Police ongoing probe into the death of a 16-year-old girl from Mainpuri who was found hanged in her school in the year 2019.Essentially, in terms of the order passed by the Court on September 16, 2021, the State's counsel produced two copies of the status report regarding the investigation being carried out...

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The Allahabad High Court on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction with the Uttar Pradesh Police ongoing probe into the death of a 16-year-old girl from Mainpuri who was found hanged in her school in the year 2019.

Essentially, in terms of the order passed by the Court on September 16, 2021, the State's counsel produced two copies of the status report regarding the investigation being carried out in the case in hand.

The Cour opened one of the sealed covers and persued the report, however, the Bench of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Piyush Agrawal said that it was not satisfied with the speed of the investigation being carried out. 

The report submitted by the State suggests that D.N.A. samples of 170 suspected accused have been taken and the samples have been sent to the laboratory for testing, however, the reports of the same are yet to be received, noted the Court.

In view of this, the status report, as submitted in Court in a sealed cover, was resealed and returned back to the counsel for the State.

Thereafter, the Court adjourned the matter to October 25, 2021, with a rider that in case the report of D.N.A. testing is not received by the next date of hearing, the Director-General of Police, U.P. shall have to appear in person in Court.

Background of the case

The matter in hand relates to a 16-year-old girl from Mainpuri who was found hanged in her school. Although the police had initially claimed that it was a case of suicide, the 16-year old's mother, on the other hand, had alleged that she was harassed, beaten and assaulted, and thereafter hanged.

Earlier, on September 16, during the hearing of this very case, the Allahabad High Court had asked the Uttar Pradesh government as to whether it has issued an order directing the investigating officers to comply with Section 173 of CrPC mandating the completion of investigation of sexual offences within a time frame

Recently, the Court had pulled up the investigating officer when he could not explain the delay in interrogating the accused in the case, while remarking that this lag occurred despite serious allegations against the accused. It had thus summoned the Director-General of Police, UP.

The Court had then asked the DGP, and the members of the SIT team to explain the inaction of the Police Authorities in the investigation.

Moreover, the Director-General of Police, who had appeared in person, was also asked to ensure that probes in rape cases are completed within two months.

Case title - Mahendra Pratap Singh v. State of U.P. through Secretary (Home) and 2 others 

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