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Unnao rape case HIGHLIGHTS: All five cases transferred to Delhi court; CJI orders Rs 25 lakh compensation for survivor

Supreme Court on Unnao rape case LIVE updates: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the transfer of all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in the national capital. The apex court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as an interim compensation.

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Unnao rape case HIGHLIGHTS: All five cases transferred to Delhi court; CJI orders Rs 25 lakh compensation for survivor
  • A day after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took cognisance of the letter sent by the Unnao rape survivor, the Supreme Court of India has transferred all cases related to the Unnao incident out of Uttar Pradesh

  • The CBI officer is required to appear before the Court at 12 pm today (Thursday). The officer will have to inform the apex court of the details of the rape case as well as the accident case of 29 July, which is also being investigated by the CBI

  • The apex also asked the Uttar Pradesh authorities to file a status report by Thursday on the accident

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Aug 01, 2019 - 19:12 (IST)

Unnao DM isses compensation for rape survivor on SC direction

As directed by the apex court, the Unnao district magistrate has issued a compensation cheque of Rs 25 lakh in the name of rape survivor. The cheque will be given to the survivor's mother through Lucknow district magistrate.

By Saurabh Sharma/101Reporters

Aug 01, 2019 - 17:11 (IST)
Unnao rape survivor's second aunt cremated
 
The body of the Unnao rape survivor's aunt, who was killed in an accident in Rae Bareli district, was consigned to flames in her village, about 70 kilometres from Barabanki on Thursday. Her mortal remains were brought to the village in the Subeha area from Lucknow amid tight security.
 
The last rites were performed by her son in the presence of her two daughters. The woman was a widow. The rape victim's another aunt, who was also killed in the truck-car collision in Rae Bareli on Sunday, was cremated on the banks of the Ganges in Unnao on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements.
 
PTI
 

Aug 01, 2019 - 16:41 (IST)

Mahila Congress slams BJP for delayed action against Sengar

At a press conference, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev said, "Unnao victim had written to CJI expressing fears despite CBI probe. The victim and her family have been repeatedly drawing attention of authorities towards threat to their life. Today, the Supreme Court and CJI have taken cognisance of matter, we thank them for that."

"Had the Supreme Court not interfered, god knows what would have happened to the victim and her family. Amit Shah did not taken any action against the accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar for last two years. Instead, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj met accused Sengar in jail. Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath stood by the Sengar for two years and continued to lie about his expulsion. Sengar was expelled only after court’s reprimand," she said.

Aug 01, 2019 - 15:58 (IST)

Landmark Supreme Court order will enhance faith of judiciary: Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the Supreme Court decision in the Unnao case and called it a 'landmark order' "This will enhance the faith of people in the judiciary and will serve as a lesson to those who make a mockery of law."

Aug 01, 2019 - 15:55 (IST)

Rs 25 lakh compensation, day-to-day commencement of trial, orders CJI

CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, 'We have also considered the question of interim compensation to the victim, as an interim measure we direct the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the survivor." Besides, the designated judge in Delhi will commence the trial on day-to-day basis and complete the trial within 45 days.

Aug 01, 2019 - 15:26 (IST)

SC to hear the issue of witness protection tomorrow

The Supreme Court will again hear the matter tomorrow, reports have said. Issues of witness protection will also be examined by the top court tomorrow. In a crucial hearing today, CJI Ranjan Gogoi held that five cases in Unnao rape and accident must be transferred to a "competent" court in Delhi and set 45-day deadline for the trials in these cases to conclude.

Aug 01, 2019 - 15:23 (IST)

Unnao rape survivor and her family can never be compensated enough for the horror that they've faced: Congress

Supreme Court lawyer and Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill told News18 that the horror that the Unnao rape survivor and her family has been subjected to "can never be compensated" by any form of monetary compensation or token gestures of expelling the accused. 

"Truth is law and order willingly kneeled before perpetrators of the crime and now an example needs to be set," he said. On the expulsion of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Shergill said, that the BJP's decision is a "classic case of 'too little, too late' and mere hogwash to escape answerability regarding government's connivance in sheltering the accused and targeting the victim."

Aug 01, 2019 - 15:21 (IST)

Grateful to SC for taking cognisance of ‘Jungle  Raj’ being unleashed in UP

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted after the Supreme Court ordered that five cases in Unnao rape and accident to be transferred to Delhi. "Grateful to the SC for taking cognisance of the ‘Jungle  Raj’ being unleashed in U.P. Meanwhile, the BJP finally acknowledges having empowered a criminal and takes some action to correct itself and move in the direction of justice for a young woman who has suffered immeasurably. (sic)"

Aug 01, 2019 - 15:17 (IST)

RECAP: Supreme Court order after 2 years since the FIR was lodged

On Sunday, the teen rape survivor, her two aunts and her lawyer were travelling from Unnao to Raebareli when a truck with its number plate wiped rammed their car. The driver of the truck and its owner have been arrested. 

An FIR lodged a day after the car crash named Kuldeep Sengar, his brother Manoj Singh Sengar and eight others.

The girl had said that she was sexually assaulted by the politician when she went to his home to seek a job in 2017. Her father died in custody, arrested for allegedly possessing illegal arms. Before the arrest, he was beaten up by Atul Sengar, the brother of Kuldeep Sengar, and his men. Atul Sengar has also been arrested and accused of murder.

Aug 01, 2019 - 15:04 (IST)

SC orders investigation into possible negligence by registry officials regarding Unnao survivor's letter

 

The Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry to be conducted by the secretary-general within seven days, under supervision of a sitting judge of the apex court, who will be nominated by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, into whether there was any lapse or negligence by registry officials in processing the letter of the Unnao rape victim’s mother to Gogoi.

Supreme Court on Unnao rape case LATEST Updates: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the transfer of all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in the national capital. The apex court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as an interim compensation.

The Supreme Court will again hear the matter tomorrow, reports have said. Issues of witness protection will also be examined by the top court tomorrow. In a crucial hearing today, CJI Ranjan Gogoi held that five cases in Unnao rape and accident must be transferred to a "competent" court in Delhi and set 45-day deadline for the trials in these cases to conclude.

The Supreme Court, pronouncing its order in the Unnao rape and accident case, held that the trial court must hear cases on a day-to-day basis and complete the same within 45 days. The top court also held that trial in four cases, which includes 29 July accident and the gangrape case, to be concluded within 45 days.

The Supreme Court also ordered protection and security for the survivor and her lawyer. CRPF has been instructed to provide security to the families. Concerned Commandant of CRPF will oversee the protection and submit a report in the Supreme Court. The apex court further ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to pay the compensation to the survivor and her family by Friday (tomorrow).

Supreme Court orders transfer of five cases in Unnao rape and accident to a "competent" court in Delhi. Supreme Court also ordered completion of the investigation into accident case in seven days. Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been charged under POCSO and the court said that the probe must be conducted in a steady manner.

King George Medical University hospital, where the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer are being treated in Lucknow, said that their condition is critical. "Both are on ventilator. But their condition is stable. A team of experts at KGMU is treating them free of cost," the medical bulletin released by the hospital said.

The Supreme Court will pass order on transfer of all Unnao rape-related cases outside Uttar Pradesh at 2 pm today. Order on compensation to the victim and her family and also whether the victim and her lawyer should be airlifted to AIIMS will be passed at 2 pm. According to reports, CJI Ranjan Gogoi is, in fact, considering airlifting the survivor and her lawyer to AIIMS in New Delhi today if medically feasible to do so. Gogoi asked the CBI joint director to ascertain about it and inform the court. The court will pass order on matter at 2 pm today.

Realising that suspension of MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is not enough, the BJP leadership decided to expel Sengar who is a prime accused in the Unnao rape case. According to reports, an urgent consultation held by BJP top brass in Delhi on Wednesday night with BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh Swatantra Dev Singh and Sunil Bansal led to Sengar's expulsion. Party realises a suspension is not enough, reports further added.

A day after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took cognisance of the letter sent by the Unnao rape survivor, the Supreme Court of India has transferred all cases related to the Unnao incident out of Uttar Pradesh. Additionally, the court also demanded presence of a "responsible officer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)" in the court.

The CBI officer is required to appear before the Court at 12 pm today (Thursday). The officer will have to inform the apex court of the details of the rape case as well as the accident case of 29 July, which is also being investigated by the CBI. In case the investigation details are such that they cannot be divulged in open court, then the CBI officer will be heard in chambers, Gogoi clarified, Bar and Bench reported.

According to reports, Solicitor General informed the Supreme Court bench led by the CJI that the CBI investigating officers are out of town for the probe into the Unnao case. He asked for an extension till Thursday evening, but Gogoi refused to adjourned the hearing. Gogoi said gather instructions over the phone. "CBI director can do so."

According to News18, the Supreme Court has clearly said that all cases related to the 2017 incident in Unnao, including the rape allegations, the survivor's father's imprisonment and death, the very recent truck accident which claimed the lives of two aunts of the girl (and any other related cases filed in the state), will most probably be transferred to Delhi. Reportedly, Gogoi said that all the cases will be transferred to Delhi.

On Wednesday, Gogoi sought an explanation from the Supreme Court secretary-general for the delay in placing the letter before the court. "This morning I read in the papers that the Unnao victim had written to the Supreme Court. I was informed about the letter yesterday (Tuesday). I have not yet seen the letter. It is yet to be placed before me. We try to do something constructive in the midst of this highly destructive volatile environment and this happens," said Gogoi.

Unnao rape case HIGHLIGHTS All five cases transferred to Delhi court CJI orders Rs 25 lakh compensation for survivor

File image of the Supreme Court of India. AP

The CJI also said that such cases are a reflection of the 'destructive volatile environment' and are a setback to the Supreme Court's constructive steps.

The observations came when senior advocate V Giri, who is assisting the court in a suo motu case on the alarming rise in child rapes, sought urgent hearing of the Unnao rape case.

The 19-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped two years ago by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was critically injured in a car crash on Sunday. 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.

The apex court also sought the survivor's medical report and asked the Uttar Pradesh authorities to file a status report by Thursday on the accident.

Two of her family members were killed in the accident and her lawyer was seriously injured. The woman's family has filed a complaint alleging "conspiracy" behind the car crash.

A copy of the letter, written by the survivor and two of her family members, was also sent to the Allahabad High Court and Uttar Pradesh government authorities.

The letter dated 12 July claimed that some people, allegedly associated with Sengar, had threatened the survivor's family with dire consequences on 7-8 July. It also sought a direction for registration of an FIR against those who allegedly intimidated the family.

The letter, signed by the girl, her mother and aunt, stated that on 7 July, Naveen Singh, son of an accused in the case Shashi Singh, brother of another accused Kuldeep Singh, and one Kunnu Mishra had visited their house and threatened them. The next day, another person came to their house.

Along with the letter, they said, they were also annexing the video of the car in which these people had come to their house.

Arrests made so far in the case

Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau, was arrested in 2018 for allegedly raping the teenager at his residence in 2017.

In the road accident case, an FIR was filed on 29 July. Arun Singh — the son-in-law of Uttar Pradesh minister Ranvendra Pratap Singh — was named along with Kuldeep Sengar and eight others in the FIR.

About 15 to 20 unnamed people were also mentioned in the FIR. "FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code's sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120b (criminal conspiracy) against 10 named persons, including the BJP MLA, and 15-20 others," a police officer had told PTI.

With inputs from agencies

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