Chandigarh: Special Investigation Team (SIT) submitted status report about the investigation being conducted by it in the alleged Murthal gang rape and other incidents happened during the Jat reservation agitation in a sealed cover in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on Wednesday. Besides, the high court examined in camera the audio and video evidence placed before a Division Bench comprising Justice S S Saron and Justice Gurmit Ram.
Audio-video evidence gathered by a local English daily during the course of its investigation. It is about sexual assault on women in the fields near Murthal during the agitation. Amicus curiae Anupam Gupta offered to place the audio-video evidence before the Division Bench in the protective manner of judge’s chamber for the safety of the “victims.” Besides, the Justice S S Saron and Justice Gurmit Ram, those present during the presentation of audio and video evidence in Judge’s chamber include, Amicus Curiae Anupam Gupta, Chief of Bureau of the local daily and SIT head Mamta Singh. Gupta, at the same time, expressed his reluctance to share the information with the team as “other officers of the SIT had local connections.” After hearing contentions of both the sides, the court was of the view that the evidence was vital for the investigating agency.
The case will come up for further arguments on May 30. However, the court said that the investigation in the case would go on. The court also directed the state government for placing on record the report of Parkash Singh panel, and to provide facilities to the commission headed by Justice SN Jha (retired) for probing violence during Jat stir for reservation. During the course of hearing amicus curiae Anupam Gupta also claimed information on rape of two relatives of a Punjab employee during the Jat reservation agitation. He also sought action against top police and district administration officer for not revealing truth.
Earlier, the Additional Advocate-General appearing for the State of Haryana permission to submit the report in a sealed cover as it contained information on the “victims.” Responding to the contents of the report, Anupam Gupta stated that he was a “trifle disappointed” as apart from efforts to get in touch with the NRI victim it was nothing but an elaboration of the steps indicated in the previous report.
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