Unnao rape case: Delhi court orders in-camera trial taking cognisance of threats to witnesses, asks media not to reveal their identity

On 10 August, the counsel for the Unnao rape survivor told the Tiz Hazari court that the CBI 'deliberately' did not name the prime accused, expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, and his brother in the murder case of the survivor's father.

FP Staff August 13, 2019 17:48:34 IST
Unnao rape case: Delhi court orders in-camera trial taking cognisance of threats to witnesses, asks media not to reveal their identity
  • CNN-News18 reported that the decision of an in-camera proceeding was taken by the Delhi court in view of the threat posed to the 52 witnesses

  • While issuing directions for the media, the court ordered restraint from either reporting or revealing the identity of witnesses

  • Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to seek status report on 20 Cases against Unnao rape survivor and her family members

The Tiz Hazari court in Delhi on Tuesday ordered an in-camera trial in the 2017 Unnao rape case, taking cognisance of the threat posed to the witnesses.

CNN-News18 reported that there may be a threat to as many as 52 witnesses in the case.

"Keeping in mind the vulnerability and threat perception to the witnesses, it's not only going to be an in-camera trial but (will also be) in a manner that they feel secure, safe and given facility to dispose them without any fear. The order on the altercation or modification or addition of charges will be tomorrow morning," the court said.

The court also directed media houses to refrain from revealing the identity of the witnesses.
 

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