Law & Order

Unnao Case: Supreme Court Gives 45-day Deadline To Fast-track Cases In Delhi, Announces Compensation For Survivor

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:


  • In the Unnao case, the Supreme Court has ordered the transfer of five cases from CBI court in Lucknow to the one in Delhi
  • It also ordered that the court in Delhi should complete the trial in 45 days and must hear the case daily
  • The CJI also ordered monetary compensation & protection to the rape-survivor and her family

In the Unnao case, the Supreme Court has ordered the transfer of five cases from CBI court in Lucknow to the one in Delhi. It also ordered that the court in Delhi should complete the trial in 45 days and must hear the case daily. 

"Taking into account the ground stated in transfer petition, and letter to the CJI, we order the transfer of all the cases from the CBI court in UP to Delhi,' the apex court said. 'The designated judge in Delhi will commence the trial on day-to-day basis and complete the trial within 45 day," the top court said.

It directed the CBI to complete within seven days the investigation of the fifth case relating to the last Sunday's accident in which the woman and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi made it clear that the agency can only seek extension of additional seven days time for probe in the accident case and that too in exceptional circumstances.

The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, directed that the trial in the main case relating to the rape of the survivor will have to be completed within 45 days from its commencement. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi who is hearing the case has also said that the rape-survivor and her lawyer should be airlifted if the family wants and that the decision on it will be taken on Friday.

The CJI also ordered that Rs 25 lakhs interim compensation must be paid to the rape survivor by Friday by the Uttar Pradesh government. It also ordered full protection to the rape survivor and her family by the CRPF. "We have also considered the question of interim compensation to the victim, as an interim measure, we direct the UP government to pay Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the victim. We also direct security and protection to the victim, her lawyer, mother of the victim, the four siblings of the victim, her uncle, and immediate family members in the village in Unnao."

The top court will hear the case again on Friday.

D Ramakrishna Reddy, the family advocate of the rape-survivor said, "Four cases have been ordered to be transferred from CBI court in Lucknow to Delhi CBI court. The accident case has also been ordered to be heard in Delhi. The rape survivor's uncle who was convicted in a case will be shifted from Rae Bareli jail to Tihar to ensure his safety."

A brief compilation of Supreme Court's orders in the case:

  • The SC orders transfer of five cases from Unnao to competent court in Delhi
  • The chargesheet in the accident case shall be filed in 15 days by the CBI, says SC
  • The SC seeks view of the family of rape survivor, presently in ICU at Lucknow hospital, on shifting for more advanced treatment. 
  • The SC asks amicus curiae to seek instructions from the family of injured lawyer on his shifting for advanced treatment
  • The top court also awarded Rs 25 lakh compensation to the Unnao rape survivor to be paid by UP government
  • The apex court will hear the Unnao case again on Friday, August 2, 2019

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Unnao rape case

A 17-year-old minor was allegedly raped by her uncle BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on 4 June 2017. Her father was assaulted, allegedly by the rape-accused BJP MLA's brother Atul Singh Sengar. Before succumbing to his injuries, the victim's father had named Atul Singh Sengar as his assaulter in video testimony. In April 2018, a case was registered against Sengar under section 363, 366, 376, 506 and Pocso Act of Indian Penal Code and was sent to jail. Sengar along with his brother Atul Singh is in jail since then. 

Unnao accident case

On Sunday, July 29, 2019. the Unnao rape survivor, her family, and lawyer were travelling when they were hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli, killing her aunts and leaving her and the advocate critically injured. The Uttar Pradesh police on Monday filed a murder case against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others after the rape survivor's family filed a complaint, alleging "conspiracy" behind the accident. 

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