SC reprimands CBI, govt for slow pace of rape video probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 14, 2015 00:25 IST

The Supreme Court directed the CBI on Friday to publish in newspapers photographs of suspects who raped two women in separate incidents as it upbraided the government for failing to catch the culprits.

The apex court was also unhappy with the government’s failure to nab those who put videos of the brutal acts in the social media.

Justices MB Lokur and UU Lalit said the government cannot be casual in dealing with such cases and directed the CBI, which has registered eight cases, to publish photographs of the culprits and announce rewards for those who identify them.

“Why you (ministry of home affairs) did not act? You sat over it for over 20 days. You (additional solicitor general) please tell us what MHA has been doing,” the court said.

The court imposed a penalty of `50,000 on the Odisha government for not responding to its notice while Telangana was directed to pay a penalty of `25,000 for failing to identify the people who damaged the car of Sunita Krishnan, founder of NGO Prajwala that drew the nation’s attention to the shocking incidents being uploaded on the internet.

The CBI has to file a status report by next Friday, giving details of steps taken.

“You must come hard and pounce upon the person who first uploaded the videos for pleasure of somebody. If you do not catch him then such incidents will keep happening,” the court told the CBI.

The observations came after the court enquired what the Union home ministry has done after the NGO provided information about the videos on February 10.

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