On Tuesday, The Supreme Court said that the ongoing CBI probe in the shocking Hathras Case, in which a Dalit girl was reportedly gang-raped after which she succumbed to the fatal injuries, will now be carried out under the supervision of the Allahabad High Court.
The Supreme Court ordered that all facets of the case, including investigation, giving security to the family of the victim comprising witnesses will now be facilitated by the High Court of Allahabad.
The plea that was filed to transfer the trials away from Uttar Pradesh will be taken into account once the CBI investigation is done, said a bench led by Cheif Justice of India, S. A. Bobde.
This order was passed by the apex court after several pleas were filed by activists and lawyers claiming that a fair outcome will not be possible if the trials are conducted in Uttar Pradesh. The pleas stated that the case may be botched by the Uttar Pradesh Police and supposed conflict of interest may influnece the case. The Supreme Court bench stated that, to clear things, the CBI will file a status report in Allahabad High Court regarding this matter.
On September 14th, a 19-year old Dalit girl was supposedly gang-raped by four upper-caste people in Hathras. After sustaining Dayal injuries, the girl succumbed to the fatal injuries on 29th September in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.
On September 30, the girl was cremated in the middle of the night in Hathras. The family said that they were forced to complete her last rites, the Uttar Pradesh Police contradicted by saying that the cremation was performed as per the family’s wish.