Jat agitation row: Rapes happened in Murthal, find Culprits, says HC

The HC has stayed the framing of charges in the rape case being heard in a trial court in Sonipat.

Jat agitation row: Rapes happened in Murthal, find Culprits, says HC

Nearly a year after Jat quota protests in February 2016, the Punjab and Haryana high court observed on Thursday that the statements of some witnesses and the recovery of women's undergarments indicate that rapes had taken place at Murthal. The Court asked the state police special investigation team to find the culprits to instil confidence in the public.

The judges also observed that two witnesses, one of them a taxi driver, had said that women were dragged out of their vehicles, which indicated that rapes had taken place.A division bench made these observations in open court.


The HC has stayed the framing of charges in the rape case being heard in a trial court in Sonipat. Haryana Police filed a FIR after the HC took suo motu cognisance of newspaper reports.

According to the reports, Police had accused five alleged rioters of rape, but the charge was dropped as their blood did not match semen samples from the undergarments.The HC also asked the SIT to file an affidavit before the trial court that rape charges hadn't been dropped and were still under investigation. The observations came after senior advocate and amicus curiae in the case, Anupam Gupta, accused the SIT of working in

The court observations came after senior advocate and amicus curiae in the case, Anupam Gupta, accused the SIT of working in the lack of good faith and in an unprofessional manner.

Gupta alleged that had the Sonipat trial judge not informed the high court about rape charges being dropped against the five accused, the SIT would have closed the case much earlier. Gupta also opposed the SIT's efforts to record the statement of one of the witnesses, Raj Kumar, before the trial court under CrPC Section 164.

He further alleged that SIT was working more as the defence in the case, trying to drop rape charges in the case. He asked the court to hand the case to CBI.
At this, the bench asked the CBI counsel to inform it whether the agency was ready to probe the case. The CBI counsel said though the agency was overburdened, it would follow the directions of the court.

The counsel for the state government, however, informed the court that the SIT was still probing the case and trying to find the victims and the accused. The case will come up for hearing on February 28.