CBI has filed a charge sheet against four accused in the Court of Special Judge in Hathras on Dec.18. The hearing is scheduled for Jan. 2021.
Hathras police had arrested the four accused — Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush, and Ravi — on charges of attempt to murder, gang rape, and violations of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 on Sept. 29.
On Oct. 11, the Uttar Pradesh government handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
On Dec. 18, the CBI filed its charge sheet against the four accused in the court of Special Judge BD Bharti and invoked its charges (SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act), reported Times of India, while quoting defense counsel Munna Singh.
The four have been charged under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape), 376A (punishment for causing the death of resulting in a persistent vegetative state of the victim) and 376D (gang rape) of the IPC and under Section 3(2)(v) of the SC/ST Act (offense punishable imprisonment for a term of 10 years or more against a person on the grounds that the person belongs to an SC or ST community).
The court has scheduled the next hearing for Jan. 4, 2021. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court, which was instructed by the apex court to monitor the investigation, will take up the case on Jan. 27, 2021.
However, though the charges have been levied, a person cannot be pronounced guilty under Indian law till the matter is sub judice. Therefore, the claim is partly true.