New Delhi: Senior advocate Anupam Gupta, the amicus curiae, told the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday that, nine women were raped during the violence that had erupted due to Jat agitation in 2016 in Murthal.
Gupta also said the case should be handed over to CBI, as the one who had shared the information of incidents with him is now denying it ‘under the pressure of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’.
The information was shared with Gupta by Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Vijay Vardhan, who lacked the courage to stand by his statement, Gupta alleged, as per a report by Times of India.
On the other hand, Vardhan in an affidavit submitted to the court denied any communication with Gupta.
The court had also previously denied the rapes during the ‘quota agitation’ but later acknowledged the possibility of the incidents. The next hearing of the court will be on November 6.
In the past also, Gupta had alleged Vardhan of providing him with the information about the rapes. While Vardhan denied Gupta’s claim.
The reservation-based violence had erupted in February 2016, wherein 30 people got killed and 320 were injured in Haryana’s Murthal.