The Supreme Court Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a fresh status report in the Hapur lynching case last year, in which a man was lynched and another seriously injured, allegedly by cow vigilantes.
While 45-year-old Qasim from Pilkhuwa succumbed to injuries, 65-year-old Samiuddin of Madapur village was battling for life at a hospital in Ghaziabad.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna asked the state government to submit its status report on the investigation and trial in the case. Advocate Vrinda Grover appearing for the petitioners in both petitions submitted that despite the investigation having been directed by the Court to be under the direct supervision of the IG(Meerut) Range, a perusal of the charge sheet filed by the police reflects that it does not invoke the provision of Section 149 IPC, Section 34 IPC or Section 120B IPC, and this loophole would make prosecution of the accused persons almost impossible.
It was directed that the cancellation of bail applications against the accused, pending in the trial court, shall be disposed off before the next date of hearing in the Supreme Court. The matter is now listed on 02.05.2019.
The Supreme Court last year took note of a petition by Samiuddin that he and his family were living in a state of fear with the local police forcing them to lodge a complaint of road rage, rather than lynching over alleged cow slaughter.
The apex court on September 5 last year directed the Inspector General of Police of Meerut range to supervise the investigation in the Hapur lynching case. The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier told the court that it has transferred the SHO concerned and filed appeals seeking cancellation of bails granted to the accused in the case. The plea filed by Samiuddin had sought setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to ensure "an impartial, competent and fair investigation" into "the barbaric incident of mob lynching on June 18 last year in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh. The plea said that Samiuddin (the petitioner No. 1) and Qasim (deceased), both belonging to the minority community, were targeted and mercilessly assaulted by a mob of the majority community from the neighbouring village, in the name of cow vigilantism. The plea further sought a direction to the state government to compensate the victim for his medical treatment. It said Qasim had died as a consequence of the lethal mob lynching, while Samiuddin survived the attempt on his life but suffered multiple fractures, wounds and egregious injuries. It said Yaseen and Dinesh Tomar, brother and a family friend, were subjected to "grave threat and coercion" by Circle Officer Pawan Kumar Singh of Pilkhuwa Police Station for lodging a false complaint of road rage instead of mob lynching. It also sought cancellation of bail granted to the accused, including alleged key offender Yudhishthir Singh Sisodia.