The Supreme Court, on 29 August, issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on the plea of the victim's father to shift the gangrape 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 29 July 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 19 August.
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.
"CBI took over the investigation of case No.838 of 2016 registered at Police Station Kotwali Dehat, District Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh) on the allegations of abduction, dacoity and rape of a lady and her daughter by five-six assailants in fields situated in village Dostpur, district Bulandshahr in the intervening night of 29/30 July 2016," the spokesperson said.
--With inputs from agencies