Unnao case: HC seeks CBI response on ‘unfair probe’ charge
The Allahabad high court on Monday directed the CBI to file its reply to an affidavit filed by the Unnao rape victim’s mother, alleging that the investigating agency was not conducting a fair probe into her husband’s murder case.lucknow Updated: May 22, 2018 13:46 IST
The Allahabad high court on Monday directed the CBI to file its reply to an affidavit filed by the Unnao rape victim’s mother, alleging that the investigating agency was not conducting a fair probe into her husband’s murder case.
She had also alleged that the FIR registered by the premier investigation agency was different from the version stated by her in her complaint.
The court also stayed trial under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act in the Unnao rape case in which BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, along with others, is accused of raping a teenager last year.
The court took this decision as the counsel for state government informed it that the state government was taking steps to transfer the trial of the case from Unnao to Lucknow.
The trial under the Pocso Act had been in progress at the Special Pocso Act Court, Unnao.
Hearing in two related cases is going on in Special CBI Court in Lucknow.
The court has fixed May 30 as the next date of hearing.
The bench consisting of chief justice DB Bhosale and justice Suneet Kumar had last month taken suo motu cognizance of the rape of a minor girl.
On April 13, the court had directed the CBI to arrest Sengar and also asked the premier investigating agency to file a status report on May 2.
The 17-year-old girl has alleged that she was raped by the MLA at his residence, when she had gone to meet him with a relative to seek a job on June 4, 2017.
In February, her family approached the court, seeking to include the MLA’s name in the case.
Thereafter, the police booked her father under the Arms Act on April 3 and put her in jail on April 5. Frustrated with the alleged police inaction on her complaint and coercion from influential people, she attempted self-immolation in front of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditynath’s residence on April 8.
The next day, her father died in jail with the autopsy report suggesting serious wounds, triggering a political storm and public outrage in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere in the country.
First Published: May 22, 2018 13:46 IST