NEW DELHI – The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the Uttar Pradesh Police to file a supplementary charge sheet in the 2018 Hapur lynching case.
According to The Hindu, a Vacation Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, however, allowed the petitioner, Samaydeen, who survived the mob attack by cow vigilantes, to approach the trial court and bring to the court’s attention any evidence or further witnesses who wish to make crucial statements under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The court’s order came on a petition filed by Samaydeen, who was brutally assaulted by a mob accusing him of transporting and butchering cows. Qasim Qureishi, a 45-year-old meat trader, died of his injuries after he took a severe beating along with Mr. Samaydeen from the mob on June 18, last year.
Samaydeen had moved the apex court for a direction to the State Police to file a supplementary charge sheet. He had alleged that the probe was not going on in a proper manner.
In August last year, while admitting the petition, the Supreme Court had refused to buy the Uttar Pradesh Police’s version that the Hapur lynching of two men by cow vigilantes, leading to the death of one of them, was a “road rage” incident which turned fatal.
Instead, a Bench led by then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had ordered the Inspector General of Police, Meerut division, to conduct a separate enquiry into the incident and file a report with the Supreme Court.
The case was brought back to the limelight by an expose by NDTV news channel in which one of the accused was allegedly talking about the assault on the two men and even denying water to one of them.