NEW DELHI: The Lucknow bench of the
Allahabad high court
on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of the
and issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government.
The Uttar Pradesh government and the
are under attack over the alleged gangrape of a Dalit woman and the way her cremation was done by the Hathras administration in the dead of night.
On Wednesday, a plea was moved in the SupremeCourt seeking directions for handing over to the CBI or a Special Investigation Team the case of gang-rape and death of the Dalit woman.
The plea filed by a social activist Satyama Dubey sought transfer of the probe to the CBI or SIT under the sitting or retired judge of the top court or the high court.
Earlier today, Uttar Pradesh police said the forensic report has revealed that the woman who succumbed to her injuries at a Delhi hospital was not raped. Citing a forensic science laboratory report, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said the cause of her death is an injury on the neck and trauma resulting due to it.
The Hathras woman was allegedly raped on September 14. After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to the Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where she breathed her last on Tuesday.
She was cremated in the early hours of Wednesday, with her family alleging the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of night, triggering protests in Hathras and other places in the country.