The top court on Thursday announced that it would transfer four cases linked to the rape of a teenager in Uttar Pradesh allegedly by a BJP lawmaker, from Lucknow to Delhi. The move brings major embarrassment to the Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government.
The Supreme court also asked the “responsible” officers from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appear before it and give details on the status of rape case and Sunday’s car crash in which the survivor was critically injured. The CBI is investigating both the cases.
The Supreme Court order asked CBI to complete the probe into the car crash in seven days and the trial in four other cases, including the rape case, must end within 45 days. The court also added that the victim must be paid Rs. 25 lakh by Friday and the victim, her family must be immediately given protection by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi received a letter from the teen rape survivor and her family alleging grave danger to them. On Sunday, the girl was critically injured and two of her aunts died in an accident. Her family alleges the attack was planned by the man she has accused of rape, jailed BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar.
In the letter the girl reported that people associated with Sengar threatened the survivor’s family. The letter also requested the court to ask the police to file a case against the people who allegedly tried to intimidate them.
The girl had supposedly written the letter to the letter CJI Gogoi on the 12th of July, but it came before him only on the 1st of August. Therefore the CJI has sought a report from the top court registry over the delay.
The teenager’s letter is seen to add to growing evidence of delay in investigations into the case in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, which has earlier faced allegations of going soft on Sengar, who is a four-time party lawmaker.
Source : Various