Family members of the Hathras girl who died after being allegedly gang-raped appeared earlier than the Allahabad High Court on Monday and their lawyer mentioned they wished the case shifted out of Uttar Pradesh. Deposing earlier than the Lucknow bench of the excessive court docket, Hathras District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxar mentioned there was no strain from the state authorities to conduct the victim’s cremation within the center of the night time, implying that the native authorities took the controversial choice.
He mentioned the choice was taken resulting from legislation and order concerns, an argument challenged by the counsel for the victim’s family.
Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy fastened November 2 as the following date of listening to.
The 19-year-old Dalit girl died at a Delhi hospital a fortnight after she was allegedly raped by 4 upper-caste males at her village in UP’s Hathras district on September 14.
There was outrage over her hurried cremation at her village together with her family claiming that it was in opposition to their needs and so they weren’t even allowed to deliver the girl’s physique residence one final time.
The excessive court docket had summoned high UP administration and police officers in addition to the victim’s family to depose earlier than it.
Her dad and mom and three brothers had been introduced amid tight safety to Lucknow on Monday.
The UP Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi, Director General of Police HC Awasthy and Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar additionally appeared earlier than the court docket, which had mentioned it was “shocked” by the incident when it issued the summons.
The Hathras District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police Vineet Jaiswal too had been in court docket.
Seema Kushwaha, the counsel for the family members, informed reporters that they wished the case to be transferred out of the state.
“The family wants the case to be transferred to Delhi or Mumbai,” Kushwaha said outside the court. The family also asked that they should provide security, she said.
They also did not want the report of the investigation so far to be made public, according to the lawyer.
Additional Advocate General VK Shahi, who represented the state government, told reporters that the next date of hearing has been fixed for November 2.
“On behalf of the federal government, now we have filed our affidavit. All family members of the victim appeared in court docket, and the court docket questioned them. The court docket questioned Additional Chief Secretary (Home), ADG Law and Order and District Magistrate of Hathras,” he said.
On the last rites of the victim, he said, “The family members of the victim have presented their side. We have presented our side.”
The family’s lawyer mentioned the state authorities had been requested concerning the hurried cremation and so they cited legislation and order.
She claimed there may be proof that there have been solely 50-60 kin and villagers whereas 300-400 police personnel had been deployed, arguing that they might have managed any scenario.
The lawyer mentioned the district’s borders had been additionally sealed and there was no legislation and order problem.
Multi-layered safety was seen outdoors the court docket advanced forward of the court docket listening to.
(With PTI inputs)