Murthal gang rapes: Fresh suspects identified by SIT, Haryana tells HC
Haryana Police has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that a special investigation team (SIT) has identified fresh suspects, who could be the perpetrators of alleged gang rapes, reported during the February 2016 Jat quota stir on Ambala-Delhi Grand Trunk Road in Murthal area of Sonepat.india Updated: Mar 17, 2017 17:52 IST
Haryana Police on Thursday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that a special investigation team (SIT) has identified fresh suspects, who could be the perpetrators of alleged gang rapes, reported during the February 2016 Jat quota stir on Ambala-Delhi Grand Trunk Road in Murthal area of Sonepat.
“The (blood) samples of some of the suspects have been taken and sent for medical examination. Besides, there are some who are not cooperating. Further necessary investigation is underway,” additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, who appeared for Haryana, told the bench of justices SS Saron and Darshan Singh.
The bench is hearing a suo motu petition initiated after reports of alleged gang rapes in February 2016 by an English daily.
Amicus curaie in the case, senior advocate Anupam Gupta, though discarded the fresh report of SIT, stating that it was merely an “eyewash”.
“They arrested five persons (on allegations of rape) last year and later filed a cancellation report,” Gupta said, commenting on the probe by the SIT, headed by inspector general of police, Mamta Singh, which said it has not been able to find out fresh witness or any victim so far.
The five persons against whom the charge of gang rape was added in April 2016 have now been exonerated after a DNA report did not corroborate of their involvement. All five are now out on bail. The high court has sought fresh status report on the next date of hearing, April 6.
Meanwhile, statements of two crucial witnesses do not establish allegations of rape, the SIT told the high court.
Though the report was not made public, from what transpired during the hearing, indicated that the SIT claimed in its fresh status report that statements of two witnesses -- Bobby Joshi and Raj Kumar -- do not establish that alleged rapes had taken place.
Taking cognizance of these two statements, the high court on January 19 had observed that rapes had taken place.
Gupta took strong exception to the SIT report and termed the move contemptuous. Later, the state told the court that the portion of report on this issue will be obliterated.
Meanwhile, the bench handed over a handwritten letter to the state -- that was received by justice Darshan Singh. The letter has not been made public, but the court asked the SIT to check veracity of claims stating that the letter names a few persons allegedly involved in the crime.
First Published: Mar 16, 2017 23:54 IST