A Supreme Court bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice UU Lalit has transferred a petition seeking CBI probe into the alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old Scheduled Caste girl by “men in uniform” and subsequently her suicide to death last month in Koraput district, to Orissa High Court saying four petitions on similar issue were pending there.
The bench passed the order after the state government counsel submitted a list of petitions pending in the high court on the issue.
“If the issue was not pending in the high court, we could have entertained the petition,” the bench said while transferring the matter.
The girl had committed suicide due to frustration for not getting justice.
On October 10 last year, she had alleged that she was raped by “four men in uniform” at Kunduli while she was returning to her home at Musaguda village in the Naxal-hit Koraput district.
However, the state police had later claimed in a report that the girl was not raped at all. The issue had taken political colour in the state.
The petition filed by one Bhagban Chhatti sought the CBI investigation in the following ground;