The Supreme Court has granted a two-week extension to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the probe into the Unnao rape survivor’s accident. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is currently expelled from the party, was accused of plotting the murder.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday gave a two-week extension to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete its inquiry into the road accident case involving the Unnao rape victim and her lawyer. The agency had sought a four-week extension saying the two were not in a position to issue any statement.
A bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 Lakh interim compensation to the lawyer for medical expenses. The court was told that the victim’s lawyer continues to be in critical condition.
Earlier on Saturday, the central agency had sought a week’s time from a Delhi court to complete its investigation and file a status report in the Unnao gang rape case — one of four related cases transferred by the Supreme Court from Uttar Pradesh.
The submission was made before district judge Dharmesh Sharma, who was hearing the case in which Shubham Singh, Naresh Tiwari and Brajesh Singh Yadav are the accused. The court had framed charges against Sengar and co-accused Shashi Singh under Section 3 and 4 of the POCSO Act. With the charges being modified, to section 5(c) and 6 of teh same Act, the offences now entail a minimum punishment of 10 years.
The rape survivor suffered critical injuries in a car-truck collision last week, and was airlifted to New Delhi from Lucknow for further treatment following Supreme Court directives in this regard, police said.
She and her lawyer suffered critical injuries on July 28 when the car, in which they and two others were travelling, was hit by a truck in Rae Bareli. Two of her relatives were killed in the accident.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has taken over the investigation into the accident, has booked 10 people for murder, including Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is already in jail, charged with the rape of the woman in 2017 when she was a minor.
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Last Updated Aug 19, 2019, 2:15 PM IST