Since a fair trial was already wretched up, a PIL sought the probe to be shifted out of UP
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Allahabad High Court to monitor the Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry in the Hathras gangrape case. The court said all aspects will be monitored by the High Court.
Stating that the plea for transfer of trial out of Uttar Pradesh will be considered after the CBI probe is completed, the bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde also said that the HC will look into all aspects of the case and witnesses will be provided security.
A bench comprising of CJI Bobde, Justice A S Bopanna, and Justice V Ramasubramanian 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 tainted.
At present, the UP Police authorities are providing round-the-clock protection to the witnesses and family members of the victim. The petitioners demanded Central forces take over the security duties from UP Police.
The apex court has also directed the HC to delete the name of the victim and her family members from the order sheet.
The woman was allegedly raped by four upper caste men on September 14 and was referred to Safdarjung Hospital. She died two weeks later on September 29. The accused — Sandeep, 20, his uncle Ravi, 35, and their friends Ramu, 26, and Luv Kush, 23 — have been detained on charges of murder, gangrape, and under the SC/ST Act.
They, however, claimed they are innocent and that the 19-year-old woman was assaulted by her brother and mother on September 14, the day of the incident.