The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed Dharmesh Sharma, District Judge, West, Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi to hold the trial in four cases related to Unnao rape.
The CJI-led bench transferred the cases from CBI Court, Lucknow to Delhi in the suo moto proceedings based on the letter by family of Unnao rape survivor seeking protection from intimidation by accused. The mother of the survivor had approached the top court last April seeking transfer of trial outside Uttar Pradesh citing intimidation by accused.
While ordering the transfer of cases earlier in the day, the bench had said that it will designate the name of trial judge later in chambers.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta today informed the Court that altogether four cases were registered in relation to Unnao incident.
First was the case for rape of the girl allegedly committed by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Another case has been registered for the gang rape of the survivor, which was allegedly committed a week after the crime by BJP legislator.
Then a case under Arms Act was registered against the father of the survivor. He died in police custody after he was arrested in that case. The mother of the survivor has filed a complaint that his death was due to custodial torture, and the fourth case is registered in respect of this.
The Court further ordered that trial in all these cases should be held on a day to day basis and completed within 45 days.
The Court has also transferred the case registered in respect of the road crash incident which occurred on Sunday. The tragedy which took place near Rae Bareli on Sunday left the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer severely injured. Two of the survivor's aunts were killed in the incident.
The Court has asked the CBI to complete probe in the road crash case within two weeks. The UP Government has been ordered to give Rs. 25 lakhs compensation to the survivor. The survivor, her family and her lawyer should be provided CRPF security, the Court added.
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