Hathras case: UP govt seeks SC-monitored CBI probe, says ‘vested interests’ trying to derail investigation

The UP government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, saying the SC must direct CBI probe into alleged rape and assault of a Dalit girl in Hathras.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier recommended a CBI probe in the Hathras case. (File photo)

The Uttar Pradesh government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, seeking a CBI probe into the Hathras case.

In its affidavit in the SC, the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government claimed that ‘vested interests’ have been making attempts to derail a fair probe in the Hathras case.

The UP government said in the affidavit that the SC must direct the CBI to probe the alleged rape and assault of the 19-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier recommended a CBI probe in the Hathras case. The Uttar Pradesh government also claimed that certain groups were using the Hathras case to defame the Yogi Adityanath-led government and stoke sectarian violence in the state.

The SC will today hear a PIL seeking a CBI probe or an SIT investigation under a sitting or former Supreme Court or a High Court judge in the Hathras case.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, will take up the PIL filed by social activist Satyama Dubey and advocates Vishal Thakre and Rudra Pratap Yadav.

The petitioners have urged the SC to pass appropriate orders for a fair investigation – either by the CBI or the SIT under a sitting or retired Supreme Court or High Court judge – and transfer the case to Delhi, as Uttar Pradesh authorities had failed to take certain actions against accused persons.

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