The Supreme Court on Thursday lifted its temporary suspension of Central Bureau of Investigation’s inquiry into the gangrape of a 35-year-old woman and her teenage daughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr in July, The Hindu has reported. The court also asked the premier investigating agency to proceed as per law.
Earlier this week, the CBI approached the apex court to lift its stay on the ongoing probe in the case, saying it may cause “disappearance of material evidences” besides enabling six accused to seek statutory bail, The Hindu has reported.
While a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan asked the CBI to continue with the investigation, it also stayed the proceedings before the Allahabad High Court, saying this was because the apex court was now dealing with the entire controversy.
“That the petitioner has no objection to the probe being conducted by CBI but he has other grievances like transfer of the case outside the State and whether statement by public authority not connected with the case is justified or not. The prayer for modification of the order is allowed and CBI is directed to continue with the investigation,” the bench said.
The apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra had earlier stayed the CBI probe after a petition was filed by the rape victim’s husband, asking for a transfer of the case outside UP.
The incident took place on July 30 near Shahjahanpur. A gang of highway robbers stopped the family’s car and forced them to a nearby field, there they gangraped the girl and her mother.