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The Supreme Court is hearing a plea seeking that the investigation in the Hathras gang-rape case to be conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a Special Investigation Team (SIT) monitored by a sitting or retired Supreme Court or High Court Judge.
The three petitioners before the Supreme Court also pray that the trial in the case to be transferred out of Uttar Pradesh to Delhi and for a direction from the Court to ensure that there is a speedy trial.
The petitioners have raised questions about the role played by police personnel in the horrific case, in which a 19-year-old girl was gang-raped in Hathras on September 14.
After she succumbed to her injuries weeks later, the Uttar Police is alleged to have forced her cremation early before the dawn broke on September 30. It is alleged that this was done without the consent of the victim's family. The Allahabad High Court has since registered a suo motu case to examine these allegations further.
Live Updates from the Supreme Court hearing will feature on this page.