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SC defers shifting Unnao rape survivor from Lucknow to Delhi

  • The family of the Unnao rape survivor was satisfied with the medical treatment provided at King George's Medical University
  • While the UP government has paid 25 lakh compensation to the victim’s mother, CRPF jawans have also been deployed for the security of the victim, her family, and her lawyer

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred airlifting of the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer, critically injured in an accident on Sunday, from Lucknow to a Delhi hospital as the family of the Unnao rape survivor was satisfied with the medical treatment provided at King George's Medical University.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi appointed Justice Deepak Gupta to hear the plea of airlifting the victim on Monday, if the family wishes to approach the court.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the court that the order and directions passed by the top court on Thursday have been complied with.

While the Uttar Pradesh government has paid the 25 lakh compensation to the victim’s mother, CRPF jawans have also been deployed for the security of the victim, her immediate family, and her lawyer.

The Uttar Pradesh government also submitted that it had no objection if Mahender Singh, uncle of the rape survivor was shifted from a jail in the state to Tihar Jail in Delhi as ordered by the court. Singh is serving a 10-year prison sentence in an attempt to murder case.

Meanwhile, senior advocate V Giri, amicus curiae in the matter, complained about some old videos of the survivor and her family being played out in the media. Following which, the Supreme Court ordered that print and electronic media was barred from revealing the rape survivor’s identity, saying the media will be held for contempt of court if the order was not complied with.

The Supreme Court has deferred hearing in the rape case for Monday.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday registered a case of murder and attempt to murder against now-expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kulddep Singh Sengar in connection with the accident on Sunday. The woman had accused Sengar of sexual assault in 2017 when she was a minor.

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