The Supreme Court, while disposing of petitions connected with Hathras gang-rape and murder case, has directed that the security to the victim’s family and the witnesses shall be provided by the CRPF within a week- livelaw.com reported.
The CJI SA Bobde led bench said that it is ‘convinced that steps have been taken by the State Government to make adequate arrangements for security to the victim’s family and witnesses’. However, in a matter of the present nature it is necessary to address the normal perception and pessimism which cannot be said as being without justification, the court added.
“In that view, without casting any aspersions on the security personnel of the State Police; in order to allay all apprehensions and only as a confidence-building measure, we find it appropriate to direct that the security to the victim’s family and the witnesses shall be provided by the CRPF within a week from today”, the bench also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian ordered.
The Court also directed the Allahabad High Court to monitor the ongoing CBI probe into the Hathras gang-rape and murder case. The CBI shall report to the High Court in the manner as would be directed by the High Court through its orders from time to time, the bench observed.
As regards the plea for transfer of trial outside the State of Uttar Pradesh, the bench stated that the question of transfer is left open until the investigation is completed. The court also refused to pass any specific orders regarding the appointment of a Special Public Prosecutor.
“This is an aspect which could be considered by the High Court in the light of the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. In the circumstance wherein the family members of the victim have chosen to engage Ms. Seema Kushwaha and Mr. Raj Ratan, Advocates, they would consider these aspects and make requests on behalf of the victim in accordance with law if such need arises.”, it said.
The Court also noted that in an order passed by the Allahabad High Court the name and relationship of the family members with the victim has been revealed. “Since it is a requirement of law to avoid such disclosure, the High Court is requested to delete the same and also morph the same in the digital records and avoid indication of such contents in future.”, the bench directed.