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Hathras Case : SC To Consider Tomorrow PIL Seeking Court-Monitored CBI/SIT Probe, Transfer Of Trial

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5 Oct 2020 1:04 PM GMT
Hathras Case : SC To Consider Tomorrow PIL Seeking Court-Monitored CBI/SIT Probe, Transfer Of Trial
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The Supreme Court will consider tomorrow a Public Interest Litigation seeking an investigation by the CBI or SIT monitored by sitting or retired judges of the SC or the HC into the Hathras case relating to the rape and murder of a 19-year old Dalit woman allegedly by four upper-caste men.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian will...

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The Supreme Court will consider tomorrow a Public Interest Litigation seeking an investigation by the CBI or SIT monitored by sitting or retired judges of the SC or the HC into the Hathras case relating to the rape and murder of a 19-year old Dalit woman allegedly by four upper-caste men.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian will consider for admission the plea, which further seeks for the transfer of the matter from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi alleging failure of the State Government to take action against the accused persons.

As per news reports, on September 14, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was abducted and then gangraped by four upper-caste men who then subjected her to brutal torture by breaking her bones and cutting off her tongue. She passed away on Tuesday, the 29th of September, and was cremated by police officials in the middle of the night without the consent of her family. 

It is submitted in the petition, filed by Advocate Sanjeev Malhotra on behalf of social activist Satyama Dubey, that the statement of the police that the cremation was carried out as per the wishes of the family is false as "the police personnel himself buried the dead body of the deceased even media personnel has also been banned as per the information received (sic)".



The plea underlines the issue that the police authorities have not performed their duties and are shielding the accused. Additionally, the family of the victim is being victimized by upper-caste persons.

The plea contends that the "Petitioner herein is demanding justice for the victim for the brutal attack, rape and murder of the victim".

In view of the same, it seeks for directions to the Union of India and other concerned authorities for a fair investigation and to transfer the same to CBI or to form an SIT under a sitting or retired Judge of the Supreme Court/High Court.

Lastly, it prays for the transfer of the trial from Hathras, Uttar Pradesh to Delhi and for an order for speedy trial.

Amid mounting public outrage over the police handling the case, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adithyanat, had announced on Saturday that the matter will be handed over to the CBI.

However, a formal notification regarding transfer to CBI is yet to come.


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