UP Police’ SIT to probe Shahjahanpur LLM student’s allegations
The Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh will constitute an SIT, headed by a police officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been ordered by the Supreme Court to look into the “allegations and apprehensions” raised by the law student from Shahjahanpur. The apex court was hearing the case after it took suo moto cognizance of the case on a request by a group of senior Supreme Court lawyers. The Supreme Court has also asked the Uttar Pradesh High Court to monitor the case.
The student had gone missing after levelling allegations of sexual harassment in a video against a “saint” who was harassing her. The allegations of the girl were against the owner of her college, Swami Chinmayanand, who is also a former union minister and a prominent BJP leader.
The Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna, which had an interaction with the student, said that the girl has expressed “certain grievances and her parents have expressed apprehensions”.
To look into these grievances and apprehensions, the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh will constitute an SIT, headed by a police officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police. The team will also comprise the superintendent of police and other police officials, the apex court said.
Supreme Court has also requested the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court in UP to constitute a Bench to monitor this probe. The FIR and the cross FIRs filed in the case will also be under the purview of the SIT.
Briefing Asiaville about the development in the Supreme Court today, Advocate Ranjeet Singh clarified that while the UP SIT will probe the case further, it has also retained some aspects of the case with itself.
“Supreme Court has expressed concerns about the girl's education and has observed that it should not be disturbed or discontinued. It will keep this aspect to itself in its purview and has asked the Counsel for the State of Uttar Pradesh to apprise the Court of the institutes where the girl can be accommodated,” Singh said.
The student who had voiced her concern about security and alleged sexual harassment in a video recently is a LLM student from the Swami Shukdevanand Law College (SS Law College) in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She went missing three days after the allegations were posted on social media. Last week when the matter was taken up by the apex court, it asked the UP police to produce the girl on the same day. She was located in Rajasthan on that day and produced before the court. The student told court that she feared her life and hence had ran away to Rajasthan for safety. The Supreme Court made arrangements from her stay in Delhi thereafter.