Apex Court directs CBI to seek instructions
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the CBI to seek instructions on a plea of the widow of a Muslim labourer from West Bengal, who was hacked and burnt alive in Rajasthan on December 6 last year, seeking an
independent probe into the murder.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar asked the lawyer appearing for the agency to take instructions on conducting the probe and providing of adequate compensation sought by the petitioner.
Gulbahar Bibi, wife of 50-year-old Afrazul Khan, has also sought a direction that the video of her husband's ghastly murder and setting him ablaze be withdrawn from the internet and social media sites.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, counsel for Bibi, also sought transfer of the probe from Rajasthan to West Bengal.
The top court, however, said it would look into the issue at a later stage.
Earlier, the apex court had termed as "horrendous" the video of the labourer being hacked and burnt alive in Rajasthan's Rajsamand district on December 6 last year.
Sheikh's widow is seeking an impartial probe by a central agency into the murder, besides withdrawal of the video from being circulated on the internet. Jaising had said the video has already been seen by millions of people and a direction be issued to the Centre and the state government to ensure that it was not circulated any further and withdrawn from the internet.
She had also said the victims should be granted fundamental right to access to justice, as "unruly crowd has been attempting to stall the
judicial process to favour the accused."
The plea sought appointment of special public prosecutor to conduct the trial and transfer of the investigation to Malda district in West Bengal where the petitioner resides.