Hathras Case: Supreme Court To Hear Petition Seeking Transfer of Case From UP To Delhi

The petition filed in the Supreme Court said that the investigation and trial of the case in UP would not be impartial.


New Delhi | The Supreme Court will hear today a petition seeking a probe by the CBI or SIT into the alleged gang rape and death case of a Dalit girl in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. The Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramaniam will hear the petition filed in the Hathras case. The petition has also demanded that the probe should be monitored by a current or retired judge of the Supreme Court or High Court. The victim’s family earlier had demanded an SC monitored probe into the matter.

The petition was filed by social worker Satyam Dubey, a resident of Delhi and some lawyers. The petition said that the investigation and trial of the case in UP would not be impartial. Significantly, questions were being raised on the action of the UP government and police regarding the Hathras incident, after which the UP government transferred the case to the CBI on Monday.

The PIL has stated the need for impartial inquiry. The role of the Uttar Pradesh Police has been questioned in the petition. The petition has mentioned the confrontation of the police with the opposition leaders and the cremation of the victim’s body at 2.30 am. The petition has also demanded transfer of trial of Hathras case from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.

Meanwhile in UP, Raja Manvendra Singh, President of the All India Kshatriya Mahasabha and former Union Minister, has appointed AP Singh, who fought the case of the accused in the Nirbhaya case, as an advocate for the accused in the Hathras case. On the other hand, Seema Kushwaha who fought the case for Nirbhaya, will fight the case on behalf of the victim.

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