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UP government gives HC 4 reasons not to transfer DM after Hathras gang rape


The Uttar Pradesh government has listed four reasons in the Allahabad High Court Lucknow court for not transferring the Hathras District Magistrate after the gang rape incident in the district in September.

The government also tried to justify the decision to perform the last rites of the deceased at night.

The case was heard by the Pankaj Mittal court of justice and Judge Ranjan Roy on November 25. The order was uploaded to the court’s website on December 2 (Wednesday).

During an earlier hearing in the case on 5 November, the court had asked the lawyer for the Uttar Pradesh government, SV Raju, whether it was fair and reasonable to allow the Hathras district magistrate to continue in the same position during the investigation process. . .

Raju informed the court that after reflecting on the issue, the government decided not to transfer Hathras Praveen District Magistrate Kumar Laxkar for four reasons. First, the transfer of the district magistrate has been a problem for political parties with indirect motives to exert political pressure. Second, it is not about the DM manipulating the evidence relevant to the investigation. Third, the safety of the family is now in the hands of the CRPF, so the state government and its authorities have no concern.

Fourth, the investigation (of the Hathras case) is conducted by the CBI and the state government has no role to play.

The government attorney also tried to justify the cremation of the victim overnight and noted that the DM of Hathras did not commit any crime in this regard.

On 14 September last, the 19-year-old Dalit victim was raped by four people in the Hathras district when she had gone to the countryside to collect fodder for cattle. She was partially paralyzed in the attack.

As her condition deteriorated, she was transferred to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on September 28 and died in the early hours of September 29.

The court has set December 16 as the next hearing date.

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