SC to hear transfer of ‘counter-case’ plea to Unnao rape survivor next week

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to schedule next week to hear a plea from the Unnao rape survivor seeking the transfer of a criminal case filed by the father of one of the defendants in his sexual assault case. a Uttar Pradesh Magistrate’s Court in Delhi.

A bench consisting of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices JK Maheshwari and Hima Kohli took note of attorney Vrinda Grover’s submissions on the urgent hearing of the rape survivor’s new plea.

List next week, the bench said.

A Delhi court in December 2019 sentenced expelled former BJP MP Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life imprisonment for abducting and raping the girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh in 2017 while she was a minor.

A local court in Unnao recently issued a non-releasable warrant against the survivor in a criminal complaint of deception and alleged forgery filed by the father of Shubham Singh, one of the defendants on trial in the rape case. ‘Unnao in a Delhi court.

The transfer plea, filed in the Supreme Court, alleged that the ‘counter-judicial proceedings’ against the girl were brought in the Unnao court with the ulterior motive of supporting a defense in the assault case. sexual.

Sengar’s appeal against the conviction and life sentence is pending in the Delhi High Court, which recently requested the CBI’s response.

The trial court had convicted Sengar under various provisions, including Article 376(2) of the ICC which deals with a public official who “takes advantage of his official position and commits rape on a woman in his custody… or in the custody of a subordinate official”.

It had handed him the maximum sentence of life imprisonment, stating that the convict would remain in prison for the “remainder of his natural biological life”, and had also fined him Rs 25 lakh.

The trial, which started on August 5, 2019, was transferred from Unnao to Delhi and was conducted on a day-to-day basis in accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court was aware of the rape survivor’s letter written to India’s then Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi.

On August 1, 2019, he had transferred the five cases registered in the Unnao rape incident from a Lucknow court to the Delhi court with instructions to hold daily hearings and complete the trial within 45 days.

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