SC directs IG Merrut to supervise Hapur lynching probe

The Supreme Court on September 5 said the probe into the Hapur lynching case will be conducted under the supervision of Meerut’s Inspector General of Police (IG).

The SC also said that the IG Meerut will also act in accordance with court’s judgment, while conducting the investigation in the case.

The SC bench comprising of chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud while posting the matter for hearing after two weeks said, “… investigation will be carried under the direct supervision of the Inspector General of Police of Meerut zone.”

Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, while appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, told the Supreme Court that the police had taken swift and instant action at the time of the incident and the investigation in the case will be completed in 60 days.

The UP Police earlier told the SC bench that 10 of the 11 accused were arrested and that a new Station House Officer was investigating the case under the supervision of the Superintendent of Police, who is the nodal officer.

The court was hearing a plea for a court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into the lynching of 38-year-old Qasim, a cattle trader, in Bajhera village in Hapur district on June 18 on suspicion of being involved in cow slaughter.