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Unnao Rape case: Supreme Court asks Delhi High Court to set up temporary court in AIIMS

Unnao Rape case: Supreme Court asks Delhi High Court to set up temporary court in AIIMS

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today asked the Delhi High Court to set up a temporary court at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi for the purpose of recording the statement of the Unnao rape survivor, who sustained injuries in a recent accident.

The rape survivor had been admitted in the AIIMS after she met with accident. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation in the case could not be completed since the statement of the victim could not be recorded.

The Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose also extended the duration within which the CBI probe should be completed, by two weeks.

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. Sengar has been in prison since last year. The Allahabad High Court had, in April last year, ordered the arrest of Sengar for the alleged rape of the 15-year-old survivor in 2017. The Court had also directed that the investigation of the case be handed over to the CBI.

Following the lorry accident, the victim and her family wrote to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in July this year, asking for protection. This prompted the Supreme Court to take up the matter on the judicial side.

On August 1, the Supreme 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.

Further, the Court directed that the investigation into the accident case be transferred to Delhi. By this order, the Court had also directed to complete its probe within seven days. On August 19, the Court extended this period by two weeks.

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