Allahabad High Court expresses concern over lack of action against senior Hathras official


The bench also ordered the CBI to present the status of the investigation to it (dossier)


Allahabad High Court Lucknow Bench reserved its order in the Hathras case on Monday, while expressing concern that the government of Uttar Pradesh took no action against District Magistrate Pravin Kumar.

The state government, however, has assured the court to render a ruling in this regard by November 25, the next hearing date in the case.

A bench of Judge Pankaj Mithal and Judge Rajan Roy heard a DIP.

The bench also ordered the CBI, which is investigating the case, to present to it the status of the case investigation at the next hearing date.

A 19-year-old Dalit woman was reportedly raped by four upper caste men in Hathras on September 14. She died on September 29 at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi during her treatment.

District Magistrate (DM) Pravin Kumar was attacked after the victim was cremated in the middle of the night near her home on September 30, with family members claiming they were not allowed to return the body to the home. home one last time.

During the closed-door proceedings, the bench asked the state government what decision had been made regarding Mr. Kumar’s action in the case.

With that, the government defended the DM, saying it had done nothing wrong.

“The SP was also suspended due to the lack of proper handling of the investigation into the alleged gang rape case and not in (the cremation issue),” the government lawyer said.

The bench noted that it had asked the state if it was fair to retain Mr Kumar in Hathras to maintain impartiality and transparency, adding that the state had assured the court to do what is necessary by matter.

Previously, the state government, Mr. Kumar and the suspended SP Vikrant Veer filed affidavits in court.

Additional General Counsel VK Sahi told the judiciary that the state government affidavit contained draft guidelines to be followed in Hathras-type situations with respect to cremations.


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