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Hathras case: CBI submits status report of inquiry to Allahabad HC

The victim was a 19-year-old Dalit woman, who was murdered after being allegedly gangraped by men belonging to upper castes.

The CBI on Wednesday submitted the status report of its investigation into the Hathras case in a sealed cover to the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, which took suo motu cognizance of the hurried cremation of the victim by the district administration.

The victim was a 19-year-old Dalit woman, who was murdered after being allegedly gangraped by men belonging to upper castes.

The Uttar Pradesh government also submitted an affidavit stating the reasons for not removing Hathras District Magistrate Pravin Kumar Laxkar. “One of the reasons the state government gave in its affidavit was that the issue has been politicised and the transfer of the DM is not feasible during this time,” senior advocate Jaideep Narain Mathur, the amicus curiae in the case, said.

Additional Advocate General VK Shahi, who represented the state government, said the CBI has sought more time from the court to complete its investigation.

“In its affidavit, the CBI also told that it had been given time by the CBI court to complete investigation by December 10. Agency also said if it fails to complete investigation in the given period then it will seek more time from the court,” said Shahi.

A Division Bench of Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajan Roy will hear the matter next on December 16.

Accused undergo brain-mapping test

Ahmedabad: The four accused in the alleged rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras underwent Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature Profiling (BEOSP) test on Wednesday at the FSL in Gandhinagar. BEOSP test, also known as brain fingerprinting test, is a neuro-psychological method of interrogation in which the accused’s participation in the crime is investigated by studying their brain’s response to certain audio or visuals (related to the crime) shown to them.

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