CM talks to Rijiju, seeks proper steps in Chhawla case

Wednesday, 09 November 2022 | PNS | DEHRADUN

SC decision acquitting trio in gangrape and murder case shocking: Bhatt

Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that the State government will do everything to ensure that the victim of the Chhawla case gets justice. The chief minister’s statement comes a day after the Supreme Court acquitted the three men who were sentenced to death for the gangrape and murder of an Uttarakhand native woman in the Chhawla area of Delhi.

Dhami said on Tuesday that he had talked to advocate Charu Khanna who is handling the case and Union Law minister Kiren Rijiju. “The victim is the daughter of Uttarakhand and our country and we will do everything to ensure that she gets justice,” said the chief minister.

The Supreme Court had on Monday acquitted three men sentenced to death for the gangrape and murder of a 19-year-old woman in Delhi’s Chhawla area in 2012.  The trio was accused of abducting, gangraping and brutally killing the woman in February 2012. Her mutilated body was found three days after she was abducted. A trial court had in 2014 awarded the death penalty to the three accused, terming the case as “rarest of rare”. The jundgement was later upheld by the Delhi High Court. However, the Supreme Court in its order acquitting the three men stated that the “appellants-accused were deprived of their rights to have a free trial”.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party State president Mahendra Bhatt opined that the Supreme Court decision was shocking. He stressed that the BJP, Uttarakhand government and sympathy of the people of the State are with the bereaved family. “We will not allow injustice in any case. The chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has talked to the Union Law minister Kiren Rijiju and the Supreme Court advocate handling the case, requesting that proper legal steps be taken in the case,” said Bhatt.

The BJP State president further said that the Supreme Court decision in the 2012 Chhawla gangrape and murder case is very disappointing for all the people of Uttarakhand.  He assured that the BJP organisation and the State government are standing fully in support of the victim’s family. The State government is in touch with the ministry of Home Affairs to ensure justice in this case. Bhatt expressed hope that considering the seriousness of this case, the ministry of Home Affairs and their legal team in the Supreme Court will appeal further as per proper legal procedure in the matter.

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