Unnao rape survivor accident case: SC grants CBI two more weeks to complete probe

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday relaxed time for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete its probe by September 6 into the accident involving the Unnao rape survivor.

 

The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on September 6.

The apex court, which had earlier given two weeks to the CBI to complete the probe, extended the time while noting that the probe agency has done extensive investigation in the case so far.

"Some of the investigations relates to collating and analyzing the material already collected, especially 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," a bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose noted in its order.

While seeking four more weeks to complete the probe, CBI told the top court that statements of a rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded yet and it wants to analyse certain electronic evidence collected so far during the probe.

On August 1, the apex court had directed Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as interim compensation.

The top court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation in the case within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case, the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight.

On July 28, a car carrying the 19-year-old woman, who has accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape, her family and lawyer was hit by a speeding truck in Rae Bareli. Two members of her family were killed in the accident, while she and her lawyer were critically injured.

According to the report from the hospital authorities, both have multiple fractures and head and rib injuries.

Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested in 2018 in connection with the incident that took place in 2017.

On July 29, an FIR has been registered against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others in connection with Unnao rape case victim's accident in Raebareli.

Besides the BJP legislator, his brother Manoj Singh Sengar, Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh, Naveen Singh, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyandendra Singh, Rinku Singh and Awadhesh Singh have been named in the FIR.

As per the report, an 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.

 

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