Supreme Court might take up Unnao rape case on judicial side

Supreme Court might take up Unnao rape case on judicial side

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court of India might take up the letter written by the Unnao rape case victim to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on the judicial side.

The letter written by the victim and her family members claimed that they were being threatened by followers of accused BJP MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

The issue was brought up today during the mentioning by Senior Advocate V Giri, who is Amicus Curiae in the case relating to child rape. Giri cited media reports regarding the issue.

CJI Gogoi then remarked that he had not even seen the letter before the media started flashing news yesterday that he did not act upon the letter.

“The letter has not been placed before me and news papers flash yesterday that CJI did not act”, he said, while stating the matter will be dealt with tomorrow in court.

The Unnao rape case took a controversial turn after a lorry without a number plate rammed into the car in which the victim was travelling. The victim and her lawyer have been critically injured, while two of her aunts passed away.

Foul play on the part of BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar – the accused in the rape case – has been alleged by the mother of the victim.

Sengar has been in prison since last year. The Allahabad High Court had, in April last year, ordered the arrest of Sengar for raping a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Court had also directed that the investigation of the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Reports suggest that after the Unnao rape victim wrote to him seeking security for herself and her family, CJI Gogoi sought a report from Registrar General Sanjeev S Kalgoankar.

According to The Telegraph, the letter did not reach the Chief Justice of India till yesterday afternoon. Communications to the CJI are forwarded by the Registry and it is not sure why the letter dated July 12 took a long time to be forwarded to the CJI, the report states.

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