SC to transfer all cases related to Unnao Rape survivor to Delhi

A day after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi expressed his displeasure at the fact that a letter written by the Unnao rape survivor’s family on July 12 was not placed before him by the court registry, the Supreme Court today decided to transfer all cases related to the woman to Delhi.

The court sought details from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) about the case and sought the agency’s presence in the next hearing. It also said it would hear the case later in the presence of the Solicitor General and a responsible officer of the CBI.

The Apex Court yesterday took judicial cognisance of the Unnao rape case and fixed the matter for hearing for today along with a report from the Secretary General of the top court. CJI Gogoi said no letter from the family was placed before him and added: “I also got to know from the media reports which now seem to suggest as if the Chief Justice was sitting on it. I had not even seen such a letter until yesterday when I asked the Secretary General.”

Expressing dismay, the CJI said: “We try to do something constructive in a mix of such a highly volatile destructive environment but the messaging isn’t right.” In this letter dated July 12, the mother and sisters of Unnao rape survivor had said they were being intimidated by the accused and were also threatened with implication in false cases.

Notably, a transfer petition by the victim’s mother was already pending before the Supreme Court, in which the chief prayer was to transfer the trial to Delhi since the accused have a lot of influence in the state of Uttar Pradesh. While the notices to the CBI and all other accused, including BJP’s Kuldeep Singh Senger, were issued on April 16, the matter is yet to be taken up again by the Supreme Court.

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