Supreme Court, on Monday, issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on the plea of the Bulandshahr gagngrape victim's father to shift the case out of the state.
The apex court has also taken cognisance of UP minister Azam Khan's statement that the Bulandshahr gangrape case was a "political conspiracy," PTI reported.
The apex court said that statements issued by political leaders like Azam Khan create mistrust in investigation and the entire system, ANI said.
The court asked whether such statements calling rape a conspiracy be called freedom of speech or defeat principles of constitutional compassion.
A woman and her minor daughter were gangraped on July 29 when they were travelling with their family to Shahjahanpur in western Uttar Pradesh. The incident sent shock waves across the country. The father of the minor victim had threatened to commit suicide if the culprits are not nabbed and punished on early basis.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the investigation in the Bulandshahr gangrape case on August 19.
CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said that the agency has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code besides provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.