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Supreme Court seeks UP government's response on plea for CBI probe against government Counsel accused of rape

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh government on a plea seeking a CBI probe against the government counsel accused of raping a woman lawyer.

The three-Judge Bench of Justices Rohinton Nariman, Navin Sinha, and Indira Banerjee on Friday issued notice to the State of Uttar Pradesh on plea seeking CBI probe against the State's government counsel accused of rape.

This plea, filed by a friend of the complainant, questions the mode and manner in which the registration of the FIR and the investigation this far has been dealt with by the UP Police and therefore prays for the probe to be handed over to the CBI pointing out the lack of confidence of the victim in the State Police.

An apprehension of influence enjoyed by the accused is also cited as one of the reasons for the petitioner to seek a CBI probe in the case.

The Court, therefore, issued notice to the State in case seeking its stand on the matter and tagged the plea to be heard along with the main matter in the case assailing the order passed by the Allahabad High Court.

Earlier this month, this Bench had also stayed the operation of the Allahabad High Court order which had restrained the Police from arresting the accused.

Additional Standing Counsel at the Allahabad High Court, Shailender Singh Chauhan, after being accused of rape moved the High Court seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him.

While refusing to quash the FIR against Chauhan, the High Court had granted him interim relief in the manner that protection from arrest was granted to the accused till the next hearing.

This order was, however, challenged before the Supreme Court which proceeded to stay the operation of the order granting protection to the accused.

Read Order:

Neelam Chaturvedi vs UP - 21.08.2020.pdf
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