Swarna Shukla –
Published On: November 12, 2021 at 19:03 IST
The Top Court directed the transfer of criminal case pertaining to the death of Kanpur realtor Manish Gupta following a Police Raid in Gorakhpur Hotel on September 28 from Uttar Pradesh to a Central Bureau of Investigation.
The Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna were hearing a Writ Petition filed by the deceased’s wife who sought for a CBI probe and for conducting a trial in a CBI Court in Delhi instead of in Uttar Pradesh to ensure a fair trial.
Gupta was died after being assaulted by six Police Officers in Krishna Palace Hotel in Gorakhpur where he was staying with two of his friends. Later, the Police claimed that they were questioning the three men when Gupta, who was reportedly drunk, fell and suffered a head injury. He was subsequently taken to the BRD Medical College where he died while undergoing treatment, the Police further alleged.
The Police however, tried to pass-off the murder as an accident. The Petitioner along with other family members went to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requesting for transfer of the case.
The CBI accepted the Chief Minister’s request but assumed charge of the investigation despite a lapse of 3 weeks since the date of the official announcement.