BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The Supreme Court directed the Allahabad High Court to monitor the ongoing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged gang-rape and death of a Dalit girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. The top court said that a request to transfer the trial out of UP “has been left open” until the investigation is completed, reported NDTV.
“So far as the transfer is concerned, it is appropriate for the investigating agency to complete the investigation,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said.
The court observed that once the investigation is complete, the transfer of the case can be considered. “As of now, CBI is dealing with it and there is no cause of apprehension,” it added.
Supreme Court says all aspects of #HathrasCase, including security to the victim’s family & witnesses etc. will be looked by Allahabad High Court.
Court further said that CBI will file its status reports in Allahabad High Court https://t.co/CMkUtokVmf
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During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the UP government told the SC that proper security was being provided to the 19-year-old girl’s family. Mehta told the court that the gang-rape victim’s family had engaged advocate Seema Kushwaha as their private lawyer.
Mehta told CJI Bobde that the UP government does not have any objection to the family’s demand of an SC-monitored investigation.