The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered to complete the trial in Unnao rape case and Unnao rape victim accident case within 45 days by hearing the case on a day-to-day basis. Headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, the bench ordered that the probe into Sunday's accident near Rae Bareli be completed preferably in seven days and maximum within 15 days.
In its verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday transferred five cases related to the Unnao rape and accident to the Special Court, CBI, Delhi. The Supreme Court also directed the State of Uttar Pradesh to pay a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the grievously injured Unnao rape victim who continued to be on ventilator in the King George Medical University hospital.
Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the Unnao rape case, was expelled by the party on Thursday. Accused can, the bench ruled, move the apex court directly in case they wanted to challenge the ex-parte order. It also ordered an inquiry into whether there was any negligence on part of any officer of the Supreme Court Registry in the delay in processing the letter of Unnao rape victim. The inquiry to be held within seven days, will be supervised by a sitting judge of the apex court to be nominated by CJI Gogoi.
The bench heard detailed arguments from the Central Bureau of Investigation, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta and Amicus Curiae V Giri. Explaining the delay in informing about the letter sent by the Unnao rape victim on threat to her life, the Solicitor-General said, "We receive appeals for more than 5,000 Public Interest Litigation every month.
"This month, we got 6,900 such letters and we were not supposed to be knowing her name," he added. Mr Mehta informed the apex court that the CBI had filed charge sheets in three cases. The case came to light on April 8 last year, when the survivor attempted self-immolation, outside Adityanath’s residence, alleging police inaction.The survivor's father had also died under mysterious circumstances in police custody in Unnao, after her suicide attempt bid.
Indian National Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh (East), Priyanka Gandhi, tweeted that a 'jungle raj' prevailed in the state under the Yogi Adityanath dispensation and she was grateful to the Supreme Court for taking cognisance of it.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, of the Aam Aadmi Party, tweeted that the landmark order will enhance the faith of the people in the judiciary and serve as a lesson to those who make a mockery of the law. In Lucknow, officials said preliminary probe by the CBI in the Rae Bareli accident in which the Unnao rape victim and her lawyer were critically injured while her two aunts were killed on Sunday, revealed that the truck was coming from a wrong side and hit the car during heavy rains. The truck was travelling at a speed of around 80 kmph while the car was moving at 100 kmph at the time of the collision.
CBI also recorded statements of two eye witnesses-- both shopkeepers-- and interrogated the driver and cleaner of the truck, who are currently lodged in the Rae Bareli jail. The 12-member team of CBI led by SP Raghvendra Vatsa also checked the speedometer of both the vehicles to ascertain the speed at the time of collision. They also checked with the forensic team of the UP police about their findings in the accident.
CBI sleuths are also slated to interrogate the jailed MLA and the other nine accused named in the FIR. On Wednesday, state BJP president Swantra Deo Singh cut short his visit to Ayodhya visit and rushed to Delhi by a special aircraft. According to sources, BJP leaders in the state are still unaware of the party's decision about Sengar, the representative from Bangarmau constituency.
On Wednesday, Mr Singh had said that the BJP MLA was suspended a year back.Unnao Superintendent of Police has suspended three police constables, including two women, who were in the security detail of the rape survivor. Sources said that all the three constables-- Sudesh Patel, Sunita and Rubi Kumari - were suspended on charges of laxity in their duties as they had not accompanied the victim to Rae Bareli on Sunday when the accident occurred.
The condition of the rape survivor and her lawyer admitted at KGMU continued to be critical, its bulletin said on Thursday. KGMU PRO Dr Sandeep Tiwari said both-- the victim and the lawyer-- are on ventilator.
Lawyer Mahendra Singh, who was earlier responding to the treatment and taken off the life support system, was put back on it. Released at around 1200 hrs, the bulletin said the condition of the two continued to be critical and they are on ventilator. Their condition was same as yesterday and stable. The treatment of the two was being done free of cost by expert doctors. The rape victim had suffered multiple fractures in her legs, besides injuries on head and chest, due to the condition. Though the victim's CT scan did not detect any major head injury, the doctors were keeping her under observation.
A close relative of the injured lawyer was admitted to the Trauma centre on late Wednesday night after he complained of chest pain. The cremation of the victim's aunt killed in the accident was performed at her native village in Barabanki. In Vrindavan, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the guilty would not be spared at any cost and everyone should wait for the outcome of the CBI probe.