Haryana government today said it has ordered a CBI probe into a case relating to attack on Dalits allegedly by upper caste members at Mirchpur village of Haryana's Hissar district in April last year. Special Judge (SC/ST Act) Kamini Lau was informed by Haryana government counsel that the matter has been referred to CBI for further investigations.
This was vehemently opposed by the counsel for victims who submitted that the recommendation has been made on account of "political compulsions under the pressure of Khap Panchayats and the dominant community."
The court, on its part, decided to continue hearing saying the apex court had transferred the trial in the case it to Delhi as a large number of relatives and friends of the accused gathered in Hissar on every date and the advocates were so frightened that they were unable to effectively conduct the case.
"This court will, under no circumstances, permit the effect of the apex court's order to be diluted," the Judge said. The apex court had on December nine last directed that the case relating to the killing of a 70-year-old Dalit man and his physically-challenged daughter allegedly by a mob of over 100 people be transferred to the special court here designated under the SC/ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989 to ensure a free and fair trial.