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Not averse to ordering CBI probe in Haryana univ rape case: SC

Not averse to ordering CBI probe in Haryana univ rape case: SC

The Supreme Court today said it was not averse to ordering a CBI probe into the alleged rape of an MBA student of a private university in Haryana but wanted to see the progress made by state police in the probe before taking a decision.

“We are not against the CBI investigation. But, we want to the know their (police) version. We want to know the progress made by police. If necessary, we will certainly transfer it (to CBI),” a vacation bench of justices Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy said.

The bench asked Haryana police, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P S Patwalia, to file a fresh status report within 15 days giving details of investigation carried so far and fixed the plea of the alleged victim for hearing in July.

At the outset, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the girl, alleged that the probe has not moved “even an inch” and moreover, the police has not invoked the provisions of the Information Technology Act.

“The nude pictures of the victim were taken and were shared on WhatsApp. It is a cyber crime,” she said, alleging that initially, the accused were allowed to leave police station with their mobile phones.

When the ASG said the victim was not coming forward to record a supplementary statement before the judicial magistrate, the bench asked Jaising to ask her client to cooperate with the police and said it will decide the issue of CBI probe only after perusing the status report from the state police.

The ASG also said a Special Investigating Team (SIT) has been constituted and the state police has taken the probe with all seriousness.

He further said the police had sent notices to the girl asking her to record the supplementary statement, but so far, she has not come forward to record it.

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