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The Supreme Court today granted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) an extension of two weeks to complete the probe into the accident case involving the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer.
The Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose was told that the accident victims continue to be in a critical state. Therefore, their statements have not been recorded yet. The Court took note of the report submitted by the CBI on the status of the investigation and observed,
“On perusal of the report, we find that the CBI has done extensive investigation but some loose ends need to be tied up. Some of the investigation relates to collating and analyzing the material already collected, especially the electronic records. Most importantly the statements of the victim and her counsel who was driving the car could not be recorded till date, as they are both not in a position to make a statement.”
In light of this, the CBI sought an extension of four weeks to complete the probe. However, the Court granted the agency an extension of two weeks.
The Court also directed the State of Uttar Pradesh to award an interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the wife of the lawyer to meet his medical expenses which will be adjusted from the final compensation. The payment of this compensation has to be made within a period of three days, the Court added while saying,
“Mr. V. Giri, learned Amicus points out that the counsel for the victim is still in a critical condition. Though he has been shifted to AIIMS yet his condition is still far from satisfactory. A lot of money is required for his treatment and attendance. Though treatment has been provided to him free at AIIMS, there are expenditure which needs to be made.”
The case will be heard next on September 6.
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 – was alleged by the mother of the victim.
The victim and her family subsequently wrote to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asking for protection. This prompted the Supreme Court to take up the matter on the judicial side.
On August 1, the Court transferred the trial in four cases relating to the Unnao rape case to Delhi and ordered that the same be held on a day-to-day basis and completed within 45 days. The Court also ordered the State of Uttar Pradesh to pay Rs 25 lakh as interim compensation to the victim.
By the same order, the Court had also directed that the investigation into the accident case be transferred to Delhi. The CBI was directed to complete its probe within seven days.
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