Hathras case: HC summoning top UP officials is ray of hope, says Priyanka

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC took cognizance of the case, asking officials to present before the court on Oct 12

A police case was lodged against Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra under the Epidemic Act on Thursday. Photo: PTI

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has welcomed the Allahabad High Court’s summoning of top officials of Uttar Pradesh government and the state police in the Hathras rape-murder case. “It is a strong and encouraging order,” she said.

“The entire nation is demanding justice for the Hathras rape victim. The HC order shines a ray of hope amidst the dark, inhuman and unjust treatment meted out to her family by the UP government,” the Congress general secretary tweeted on Friday (October 2).

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has summoned top officials of the UP police and administration over the Hathras gang rape case. The officials have been asked to present themselves before the court on October 12.

The family members of the 20-year-old victim have also been asked to be present so that the judges could ascertain the facts about the late night cremation by the police.

The court said the matter is of “immense public importance and public interest as it involves allegation of high-handedness by the state authorities, resulting in violation of basic human and fundamental rights not only of the deceased victim but also her family members”.

The woman was treated with “extreme brutality by the perpetrators of the crime and what is alleged to have happened thereafter, if true, amounts to perpetuating the misery of the family and rubbing salt over their wounds,” the court said.

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Meanwhile, a police case was lodged against Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra under the Epidemic Act on Thursday (October 2), hours after they were detained on way to Hathras.

In a tense face-off with the police on Thursday at Yamuna Expressway near Delhi, the two top Congress leaders were detained. The Uttar Pradesh police had barricaded the roads to Hathras citing coronavirus concerns.

Rahul Gandhi alleged that he was pushed to the ground and lathi-charged when he and his sister were marching on the highway after their convoy was stopped by the police. They were later released and taken back to Delhi by the policemen.

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