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Hathras Case: Allahabad HC Calls for CBI Status Report, Asks State About the Possibility of DM Being Transferred Elsewhere

Lawstreet Journal 8 Nov 2020 2:55am

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The Allahabad High Court asked the government of Uttar Pradesh whether it was "fair and reasonable" to allow the Hathras District Magistrate (DM) to continue in his position during the pending investigation in the case of the Hathras rape and illegal cremation in which he was in "the thick of things."

A Lucknow Bench of Justices Rajan Roy and Pankaj Mithal said, “...when he [Hathras DM Praveen Kumar Laxkar] was in the thick of things... would it not be appropriate to shift him elsewhere during pendency of these proceedings without there being any stigma attached to such an action only to ensure fairness and transparency in the matter.”

On October 12, the court said it was not satisfied with the Uttar Pradesh government's explanation of why it had taken action against the Hathras district police chief but not the DM over the alleged incident of rape and the victim's hurried cremation, although it was admittedly a" collective decision.

On November 2, government counsel S.V. Raju assured the court that he would convey it (question of transferring the DM) to the government and come back with a reply on the next date of hearing, November 25.

In the meantime, Hathras' suspended SP, Vikrant Vir, appeared before the court and presented his version and filed an affidavit. It was the DM and he (Mr. Vir) who decided that the victim's body should be cremated in the night, Mr. Vir said. 

The court also requested that the Central Bureau of Investigation file a status report before the next… Continue Reading...

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