New Delhi: UP govt asks for SC-monitored CBI probe.
U.P Government filed affidavit asking for Supreme Court monitored CBI probe in Hatharas case.
The Uttar Pradesh Government has filed an affidavit on Monday to seek Supreme Court (SC) monitored probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the gang rape and murder of a girl in Hatharas District.
The Affidavit which was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday, also demanded that the case should be monitored by SC by keeping it as Public Interest Litigation (PIL) pending before it. The affidavit also stated that ‘vicious campaign’ against the UP Government has been unleashed by social media, TV and print media.
Rajendra Pratap Singh, Special Secretary, Home Department, Uttar Pradesh who filed the affidavit, said that as the matter caught national attention, it must be probed by a central agency. The affidavit explained in detail the investigation carried out by the police so far in the alleged gang-rape and murder of the girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Hatharas district saying that vested interests are attempting to ascribe motive to derail a fair probe.
“ The district administration at Hatharas had been receiving several intelligence inputs since the morning of September 29 of the manner in which dharna had taken place at Safdarjung hospital and the whole issue was being exploited and a caste/communal colour was being given”, The affidavit said.
“The district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim which was lying for almost more than 20 hours after her death and post mortem”, it added.
The 19-year-old Hatharas woman had scummed to brutal sexual assault by a gang of men and died in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital last month. The post-mortem report said that the victim suffered a fracture of ‘ cervical vertebra’. The police claimed that the forensic report has revealed that the woman was not raped.
Amid the enormous outrage by the opposition parties and civil society since the death of the victim on September 29, social media too erupted in protests after a video that shows the administration cremating the body without the presence of family members, went viral.
The top court is slated to hear the PIL later today.