The Supreme Court on Monday said it will look into an appeal filed by the father of Junaid Khan, a 17-year-old who was lynched on a Mathura-bound train last year, to hand over the murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Bar & Bench reported.
Jalaluddin Khan had moved the apex court after the Punjab and Haryana High Court turned down his plea for a CBI inquiry on March 6.
Jalaluddin Khan had moved the High Court in 2017 alleging that the Haryana Police had deliberately distorted all the witnesses’ statements, but the court ruled that the petitioner had been unable to prove any faults in the investigation.
On Monday, the Supreme Court also stayed the trial of the case in the Faridabad court and asked both the Haryana government and the CBI to respond to Jalaluddin’s plea, The Indian Express reported.
On June 22, 2017, Junaid Khan, his brother and two cousins were attacked on a Mathura-bound train, allegedly by a mob that hurled communal slurs at them. The teenager was stabbed to death.
Six people are facing trial in the case, and at least 15 prosecution witnesses have been examined by the trial court so far, according to The Indian Express.