Missing law student: Lawyers approach Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance

Missing law student: Lawyers approach Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance

Shruti Mahajan

A group of lawyers have approached the Supreme Court requesting the Court to take suo motu cognizance of the missing law student incident. A law student from Uttar Pradesh went missing after she leveled allegations of sexual harassment by a BJP leader.

The LLM student from the Swami Shukdevanand Law College (SS Law College) in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh had posted videos online leveling allegations of sexual harassment against BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand. The student went missing three days after the allegations were made.

A group of lawyers have written a letter to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi requesting that the Court take cognizance of the issue. The matter was also mentioned before the Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana today.

The letter by the lawyers says that while the Court has interfered in matters concerning human rights before, a suo motu cognisance of this incident is pertinent lest there be another instance like the Unnao case.

“…we as a society cannot allow another Unnao case to happen. This Hon’ble Court has been interfering in letter petitions when it comes to protection of human rights“, the letter states

When the matter was mentioned today, the Court was initially reluctant to entertain the plea, and asked the lawyers to approach the concerned High Court. However, the Bench later directed the lawyers to hand over the letter, assuring them that the Court will look into it.

[Read the Letter]

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