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Thursday, 26 November 2020 8.51 AM IST

Hathrase gang-rape & murder case: Allahabad HC to monitor CBI probe, SC says

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday entrusted Allahabad high court to monitor the CBI probe into the gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras.

The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of pleas which have sought a court-monitored probe into the Hathras case, in which a Dalit girl was allegedly brutally raped and died of injuries.

On the plea of transferring of trial in the case to Delhi, the SC said since CBI is investigating the incident, there should be no apprehension about the mistrial.

However, it said the issue will be kept open and would be taken up, if needed, after the completion of a probe into the case.

The bench had on October 15 reserved its verdict on public interest litigation (PIL) and several intervention pleas of activists and lawyers who have argued that a fair trial was not possible in Uttar Pradesh as the probe has allegedly been botched up.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta had referred to the affidavit filed in the apex court by the Uttar Pradesh government which gave details about the security and protection provided to the victim's family and witnesses in the case.

The state government, which has already transferred the case to the CBI and has given consent to monitoring by the apex court, had filed the affidavit after the top court sought details on witness protection and on whether the victim's family has chosen a lawyer.

Referring to the compliance affidavit, Mehta said that victim's family has informed that they have engaged lawyer and they have also requested that government advocate should also pursue the case on their behalf.

A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14. She died on September 29 at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital during treatment.

The victim was cremated in the dead of the night near her home on September 30. Her family alleged they were forced by the local police to hurriedly conduct her last rites. Local police officers, however, said the cremation was carried out "as per the wishes of the family."

During the hearing in the apex court, activist-lawyer Indira Jaising had also raised apprehension of not having a fair trial in the case in Uttar Pradesh.

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TAGS: HATHRASE GANG-RAPE, ALLAHABAD HC, CBI PROBE, SUPREME COURT, DALIT GIRL, HATHRAS CASE, COURT-MONITORED PROBE, OCTOBER 15, TUSHAR MEHTA, UTTAR PRADESH GOVERNMENT, SAFDARJUNG HOSPITAL, INDIRA JAISING
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