Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

CBI, Haryana, Centre get Supreme Court notice on Junaid Khan lynching case

CBI, Haryana, Centre get Supreme Court notice on Junaid Khan lynching case

The Supreme Court Monday issued notices to the Haryana government and the CBI on a plea by the father of 15-year-old Junaid Khan, who was allegedly lynched by a mob on board a train in June last year.

Junaid, 15, was knifed to death on June 22 previous year and three of his brothers, a cousin and a friend beaten or stabbed by co-passengers while returning to their homes in Haryana after Id shopping in Delhi. The murder triggered nationwide outrage.

Junaid's father challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court's order of November 27, 2017, that had said there appeared to be no "deliberate attempt" to derail the investigation in the matter and the case had no "national or global ramifications".

While stating that there appeared to be no deliberate attempt to derail the investigation in the case since it did not have any "national or worldwide ramifications", the high court further held that the case did merit an exercise of extraordinary power to entrust the investigation to the CBI.

It had declined to exercise its extraordinary powers, saying that the case did not have any national or worldwide ramifications.

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The accused, along with around a dozen others, boarded at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats. His body was dumped near Asaoti village in Faridabad district.

Senior advocate R S Cheema, representing the petitioner, said the investigation was carried out in a "seemingly casual" and "shoddy" manner to protect the accused by invoking bailable offences against them.

"As a result, four of the accused have been granted bail by the trial court".

Jalaluddin's petition says the statements of the survivors - Hashim, Moin, Mohsin, Shakir and Mustakin - "have been deliberately distorted to introduce ambiguity, discrepancies and contradictions with the calculated interest of benefiting the accused". "The true nature of the crime has been subjected to cover up". The conduct of the named accused and others as a lynching mob has been concealed.

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