Hathras Update: SIT completes probe, likely to submit report today

Hathras victim's body being cremated by UP Police

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to investigate the Hathras case, has completed its probe and will submit its report soon, said sources to ANI on Friday.

“The SIT could submit its report to the government by evening today,” news agency ANI reported. The SIT was supposed to submit its report earlier on October 7, but following the directions of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, the time given to them was extended by 10 days.

Supreme Court on Oct Thursday heard the PIL seeking a probe by CBI or Special Investigation Team, monitored by a sitting or retired Supreme Court or High Court judge, into the alleged gang-rape of a girl in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.

During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represents the Uttar Pradesh government informed the apex court about the affidavit filed by it, detailing security deployments outside the victim’s house, protection to her family & witnesses.

SG Tushar Mehta also added that Hathras victim’s family wants the court to supervise the probe and UP government has no problem with that, this is not adversarial. On which Chief Justice of India SA Bobde replied,”Let HC deal with this & we will supervise in the sense we’re the ultimate supervisor and appellate body.”

Earlier, the family of the 19-year-old Hathras gangrape victim told the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday that the district administration carried out her cremation “against their wishes”.“Her family told the court that the cremation was done by the Hathras district administration against their wishes,” said senior advocate Jaideep Narain Mathur.”

The family has also refused to immerse the ashes of the victim, they said that they will not immerse the ashes until justice is delivered.The family members of the victim recorded their statement in front of an Allahabad High Court bench on October 12.

After recording their testimony, the court scheduled the hearing of the case on the next date to November 2, 2020.

The Allahabad High Court bench had taken suo moto cognizance of the incident. A two-judge bench of Justice Rajan Roy and Justice Pankaj Mittal heard the matter.

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The death of a 19-year-old woman, who was brutally gangraped in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district two weeks ago, had triggered a nationwide uproar with protests and calls for justice.

All four accused in the gang-rape have been arrested and the Hathras district administration had also issued a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs for the victim’s family.

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