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Hathras Case Updates: Supreme Court asks UP for affidavit on protection of family, assures smooth probe

Supreme Court is hearing a PIL seeking CBI probe into the Hathras alleged gangrape case. The plea is being heard by a Supreme Court bench led by CJI SA Bobde. The UP government has sought CBI probe into the case citing vested interests trying to muzzle fair probe.

Supreme Court is hearing a PIL seeking CBI probe into the Hathras alleged gangrape case. The plea is being heard by a Supreme Court bench led by CJI SA Bobde. The UP government has sought CBI probe into the case citing vested interests trying to muzzle fair probe.

In UP, police have registered 19 FIRs across the state against the Hathras protests, ranging from attempt to trigger caste conflict to sedition. CM Yogi Adityanath has said some anti-social elements are trying to spread caste-based violence and tensions in the state.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) may be looking at money laundering and dubious funds being sourced to fuel the case-based protests over the Hathras case, in which a 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gangraped and left to die on the fields with severe injuries. The girl died at a hospital in Delhi after suffering injuries on her spine and tongue, triggering massive outrage and protests across the country.

Hearing to resume next week, SC asks UP govt to file affidavit
Supreme Court says it will ensure that the investigation into Hathras rape case incident is smooth. Hearing in Supreme Court will resume next week on the PIL.

SC says will ensure smooth probe, asks UP to file affidavit on protection of family
Supreme Court says it will ensure that the investigation into Hathras rape case incident is smooth. Court asks UP government to file an affidavit detailing the witness protection efforts on ground in this case. CJI Bobde says, “We want it on affidavit on how Hathras case witnesses are being protected. We want you (UP government) to ascertain whether victim’s family has chosen a lawyer. We want to know the scope of Allahabad HC proceedings how we can widen it and make it relevant.”

Those who don’t want development defaming UP, says Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath on Hathras case: Those who don’t like development, conspired to defame the UP government. You witnessed during CAA protest and they have given shelter to Tablighi Jamaat people to spread coronavirus. Our objective is to provide safety and security to all citizens. UP government dealt with them firmly and handled them strongly. We are moving forward with a positive thinking approach.

CJI Bobde: Why didn’t you go to Allahabad High Court?
Jaising for 100 Women Lawyers: Because the matter has now been transferred to CBI and we want the matter to be transferred outside the seat of Uttar Pradesh.

CJI Bobde: Incident very extraordinary, a shocking case
CJI Bobde asks Jaising: Are you asking for the trial to be transferred or the investigation to be transferred? The incident is very extraordinary and shocking that is why we are hearing you but otherwise we are not sure if you have locus in this criminal case.

CJI Bobde: We are not saying this is not a shocking case, or that we don’t appreciate your involvement in the case, but we are only trying to say that your client may not have locus in the case. Your assistance is appreciated, but let us listen to the petitioner.

Petitioners demand Supreme Court supervision in probe
CJI Bobde to Petitioner ‘Represent Women of Society: We understand your anxiety but let us listen to the other parties

Advocate Kirti Singh for 100 Female Lawyers: We would like the supervision of Supreme Court in this case. While there may not be legitimacy as being the petitioners’ family, but we are pained.

CJI: Please understand that there is no need to duplicate concerns in the court of law.

Advocate Indira Jaising demands protection for victim’s family
Advocate Indira Jaising says, “Your lordship must protect by way of witness protection the family of the victim.” Jaising says that the SC/ST Act must be invoked and the matter must be transferred to Delhi as was done in the Unnao case.

SG Tushar Mehta for UP: You must not be aware, the family is protected. Police protection is given to the family of the Hathras victim.

CJI to Jaising: We are wondering if you even have locus in this criminal case. We are only hearing because of the shocking case. We appreciate your presence but we don’t want to be misunderstood. We are saying your clients may not have any locus.

CJI Bobde says court considering exercising jurisdiction
SG Tushar Mehta: Narratives are being created that may impact a fair probe into the Hathras case. Let the court monitor the probe.

Senior Advocate Indira Jaising: At the present moment, protection for the family of the Hathras victim is highly important. A fair investigation warrants protection for the family.

CJI: This is shocking and we are not denying this. We are talking about invoking our jurisdiction.

Hearing of PIL begins, UP govt says let SC monitor probe
SG Tushar Mehta appearing for UP government, says, “We are not opposed to the petition. There are narratives and narratives but the sad truth is that a young girl has lost her life. Let the court monitor the probe.”

NCW asks Amit Malviya, Digvijaya Singh, Swara Bhaskar to explain revealing victim’s name
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought an explanation from BJP leader Amit Malviya, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and actor Swara Bhaskar for sharing posts on Twitter, revealing the identity of the Hathras rape victim. NCW has also asked them to remove these posts and refrain from sharing such posts on social media.


Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and Brinda Karat reach Hathras village

CPIM leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and Brinda Karat reach Hathras village to meet the family of the victim.

Rahul Gandhi questions PM Modi’s silence on Hathras
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi questions PM Narendra Modi’s silence on the Hathras rape case. Rahul Gandhi says, “Entire country has seen how the family of the victim was dealt with by the administration, but PM didn’t say a word.”

UP Police submits documents to ED to look into PFI links
ED receives documents from UP Police. ED is yet to file an ECIR. A call will be taken soon. ED is also looking at whether the same PFI individuals, who were examined during Delhi riots, are involved in spreading fake propaganda and whether at all any money was received by certain portals influenced by PFI and SDPI.

Extraordinary situation forced late night cremation: UP govt tells SC
UP government has said in Supreme Court, “We have already requested Centre to transfer investigation of the rape-murder case as well as the FIR registered for conspiracy to spread caste conflict. Extraordinary circumstances forced district administration to take the extraordinary step of cremating the victim at night in presence of and with the consent of family members.”

Rival parties trying to spread caste violence, says UP govt in Supreme Court
UP government in its affadavit in the Hathras case has told Supreme Court that a conspiracy is being fomented by members of rival political parties to discredit and defame the BJP government. It has said a “deliberate and planned attempt is being made to invite caste/communal riots” in the state. The government has also said there is an attempt to tarnish the image of the UP administration. READ FULL REPORT

UP govt files affidavit supporting CBI probe as ‘vested interests’ attempting to derail probe
UP government has filed an affidavit in Supreme Court today, seeking CBI probe into the Hathras case. The UP government has said in its affidavit that it must direct the CBI to probe the alleged rape and assault of the 19-year-old girl in Hathras. The government has explained its investigation so far while claiming that “vested interests” are attempting to ascribe a motive to derail a fair probe.

CJM meets Hathras victim’s family
Hathras district judge and Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) have reached the victim’s house to meet the family.

SIT reaches spot where Hathras victim was cremated

SIT reaches spot where Hathras victim was cremated by UP Police, allegedly without the consent or presence of the girl’s family members. The SIT is inspecting the field where the victim’s body was cremated.

4 people with alleged links to PFI arrested on way to Hathras
Four people, said to have links with alleged radical group Popular Front of India (PFI) and an associate outfit, were arrested at Mathura on Monday while they were on their way to Hathras from Delhi. Police said the four were taken into custody at Mathura’s Math toll plaza where the police were checking vehicles after receiving a tip off that some suspicious people were on their way to Hathras from Delhi. The four were in a car and identified themselves as Atiq-ur Rehman of Muzaffarnagar, Siddique of Malappuram, Masood Ahmed of Bahraich and Alam of Rampur, the police said. Their mobile phones, laptop and some literature, which could have an impact on peace and order, were also seized.

Rectify mistake, focus on ensuring justice: Mayawati tells UP govt
BSP chief Mayawati advised the UP government on Tuesday to seriously concentrate on ensuring justice to the family of the Dalit woman allegedly gang raped and killed in Hathras or it will become difficult to prevent heinous incidents. She stopped just short of calling the Yogi Adityanath government’s claim of some people trying to incite caste conflict in the aftermath of the incident an “electoral trick”. However, she added, the government can “still rectify its mistake” and provide justice to the victim’s family.

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