Hathras case: Allahabad HC fixes 2 Nov as next date of hearing, says official2 min read . Updated: 12 Oct 2020, 05:18 PM IST
- The family members of the 19-year-old woman, who died after allegedly being raped by four men in UP's Hathras district last month, appeared before the bench today
- Centre on Saturday issued notification for CBI to take over probe into the case
Allahabad High Court has fixed 2 November as next date of hearing in regard to Hathras case, confirmed Additional Advocate General V K Shahi, who is representing the Uttar Pradesh government before Lucknow bench of Allahabad HC.
Along with that, Seema Kushwaha, lawyer of Hathras victim's family, after the hearing, informed reporters that the victim's family has demanded that reports of CBI be kept confidential. "We had also prayed that the case be transferred out of UP. The third demand is that the family be provided security until the case completely concludes," she added.
Earlier today, the family members of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died after allegedly being raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district last month, appeared before the bench.
The family comprising the victim's father, mother and three brothers was brought amid tight security from Hathras earlier in the day.
The court had on October 1 asked the woman's parents to apprise it of their version of the incident and had also ordered the Hathras district administration to arrange for their travel to the court and facilitate their appearance before it.
The high court had directed the district judge to ensure that the victim's family members appear before it on Monday.
The court has also summoned additional chief secretary, home; director general of police; ADG, law and order; and the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Hathras to furnish the status report of the investigation in the case.
The woman was allegedly raped by four upper caste men on September 14. She succumbed to severe assault injuries at a Delhi hospital a fortnight later which was followed by a hushed up cremation at night allegedly forced by the district administration.
The brutal injuries suffered by the woman and the administration's move to cremate her body late at night triggered massive outrage among people resulting in a pitched political battle from Delhi to Hathras.
"Shocked" by the murder and alleged gangrape of the Dalit woman and the subsequent forcible cremation, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had on October 1 summoned top government officials.
A division bench of Justice Rajan Roy and Justice Jaspreet Singh had also ordered the Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary, state police chief and an additional director general of police to appear before it on October 12 to explain the incident.
Meanwhile, Central government on Saturday issued notification for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over probe into the case.
The notification has been marked to a suitable branch of the premier agency, and probe teams will be dispatched to the crime scene along with forensic experts immediately after the registration of an FIR, PTI quoted officials.
With inputs from agencies