Junaid Lynching Case: SC Stays Trial in Faridabad Court, Seeks Center’s Reply on Plea for CBI Probe

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Junaid Khan, 17, was beaten to death by fellow passengers before abusing him for his faith on a train from Delhi to Mathura. — File photo

Junaid Khan was lynched by a mob on board a Mathura-bound train in Haryana on June 22, 2017

NEW DELHI (PTI) — The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre’s response on a plea seeking a CBI probe into the Ballabhgarh mob lynching case in which 17-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a train in June last year.

A bench of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice MM Shantanagoudar also stayed the trial in the case till further orders.

Junaid’s father Jalaluddin has challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s 27 November last year order, refusing a CBI probe into the matter, and sought that the accused be booked under offences of hate crimes.

Jalaluddin, through his counsel, had filed the petition on 26 October last year in the high court, seeking a probe by an independent agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Junaid lynching case.

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He had also demanded a stay on the trial in a Faridabad court in connection with the killing of Junaid.

Junaid Khan was lynched by a mob on board a Mathura-bound train in Haryana on June 22, 2017, following a row over seats which allegedly led to snowballed into religious slurs being hurled. The murder triggered nationwide outrage.

The accused, along with around a dozen others, boarded at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats.

When they refused, the three were brutally beaten up, stabbed and dumped at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.

 

 

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