Bench says only trial court can direct probe

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the Uttar Pradesh Police to conduct a probe and file a supplementary chargesheet in the case of mob-lynching of a man in Hapur in 2018.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose said it was for the trial court to decide on issuing directions to the state police, to file a supplementary chargesheet after conducting further probe in the murder case of 45-year-old meat exporter Qasim Qureishi.

Samiuddin, a relative of the deceased, represented by advocate Vrinda Grover filed an application seeking a direction to the police, to extend the probe in view of revelations made by two brothers of the meat exporter in their statements recorded under section 164 of the CrPC before the chief judicial magistrate of Hapur.

The court, however, asked Samiuddin to approach the trial court which will take a decision in accordance with the law.

Senior advocate V Sekhar, appearing for the state government, asked the court to dispose of the writ petition. This was refused by the court, as Grover said the question as to what departmental actions were taken against negligent police officers, was yet to be considered.

Qasim was killed and the petitioner was brutally assaulted in the name of cow vigilantism on June 18, 2018. Samiuddin had sought setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to ensure “an impartial, competent and fair investigation” into the incident.

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