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SC not to seek report on cases against Unnao rape survivor

Bench does not want to interfere in cases lodged against rape survivor and family

Agency Report | New Delhi | 13 August, 2019 | 11:30 PM

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to seek a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the status of 20 cases lodged against the Unnao rape survivor, now battling for life, and her family members.

A bench headed by Justice Deepak Gupta said the bench does not want to widen the scope of the case and interfere in other cases lodged against the rape survivor and her family.

The observation came after one of the lawyers spoke about the cases pending against rape survivor and her family.

The court said that it wanted to focus on the five cases related to the survivor which were being heard earlier.

The court adjourned the matter for further hearing for Monday.

The top court had taken suo moto cognisance of a letter written by the family of the victim alleging threats from expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s men.

The Unnao rape survivor, who was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here last week, is in critical condition and on an advanced life support system.

Her lawyer Mahendra Singh too is critical, unconscious and on an advanced life support system. Both the patients were undergoing treatment under a multidisciplinary team of doctors from the Critical Care, Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Pulmonary Medicine departments.

On July 28, the car in which the rape survivor, her lawyer and two of her aunts were travelling was hit by a speeding truck in Rae Bareli.

The accident killed both the aunts and left the other two seriously injured.