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Horrible, Shocking, Extraordinary: CJI Calls Hathras case

New Delhi: The Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday termed the Hathras incident horrible, surprising and extraordinary because it sought an affidavit from the Uttar Pradesh authorities on three features: how the household and witnesses are being protected; has the household chosen a lawyer to help them within the matter and what’s the scope of the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom proceedings and the way might it widen its scope.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde mentioned the courtroom will make sure the investigations into the matter is clean.

“The incident is horrible, shocking… We are hearing you as the incident is extraordinary,” mentioned Chief Justice to senior advocate Indira Jaising, representing an intervenor within the matter.

Jaising submitted earlier than the bench that she doesn’t need to intrude with the investigation and insisted on the switch of the case from one state to a different. She additionally cited that 27 FIRs have been lodged in opposition to a number of protesters within the matter and emphasised on offering witness safety.

Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta, representing the Uttar Pradesh authorities, submitted that outdoors the courts, a number of narratives have been being weaved, and this might come to an finish by a monitoring and investigation by a central company.

Mehta reiterated that the household has already been given police safety.

Jaising mentioned justice will be finished solely by transferring the trial to Delhi and added {that a} judicial inquiry, underneath the supervision of a former decide is preferable.

“Things are being argued in the court without knowing the facts. Witnesses are being protected,” mentioned Mehta.

After an in depth listening to within the matter, the highest courtroom issued notices and adjourned it to subsequent week for the state to file one other affidavit on the three features.

The remarks from the highest courtroom have been made through the listening to of a PIL filed by a social activist looking for CBI or SIT probe within the Hathras incident during which a 19-year-old Dalit teenager was allegedly gang raped by higher caste males after which reportedly dragged by the neck along with her dupatta on a discipline in Bulghari village. The sufferer was partially paralysed and died after battling for 14 days. She was shifted from Aligarh hospital to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 28.

She died on September 29 and was cremated at three a.m. on September 30. The household has alleged coercion concerning the time and method during which the cremation befell.

Petitioner’s lawyer mentioned “We are shocked at the incident.”

The Chief Justice replied everyone seems to be shocked, and queried the lawyer on his shopper’s locus within the matter. “When a court asks you why are you here, you have to give different reasons…we understand your anxiety,” famous the bench.


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