The CBI on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the alleged rape of an MBA student of a private university in Haryana was a serious matter and it needed time to examine the petition before replying to the notice issued to it for taking over the probe from the state police.
A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and U U Lalit posted the matter for hearing on Friday after Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said the agency needed to go through the documents and would respond to the notice after taking instructions from the competent authority.
The ASG, who was appearing for the CBI, however, said the case required serious consideration.
During the deliberations, the bench said "it is a case in which the accused are going to be the lawyers."
The bench said all the accused should be served with the notice in judicial custody in Sonepat jail and dispensed with serving the notice to the O P Jindal Global University in Hissar, which was made party in the petition.
The apex court on May 25 had sought response from Haryana government on the plea seeking handing over to CBI the probe into the alleged rape of an MBA student of the university.
The court had also sought CBI's response as the alleged victim pleaded for taking away the probe from Haryana police for purportedly not carrying it out in a fair manner.
The bench would on Friday also peruse the status report on the progress of the probe, as the original case records are to be placed by the Haryana police.
The Supreme Court had on May 20 agreed to urgently hear the plea of the 21-year old alleged victim, a student of Hissar-based University.
She had alleged that she was blackmailed by seniors who took her nude photographs and forced to her to get into physical relationship with them.
In a plea argued through senior advocate Indira Jaising, it was alleged that she was repeatedly raped on the campus and outside by three seniors who had threatened to circulate the pictures in public.
Jaising had submitted that the police were destroying electronic evidence like laptops and mobile phones through which photographs were shared by the accused with other students.