Tem­po­rary court set up at AIIMS Trauma Cen­tre

Ex­pelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sen­gar brought to AIIMS to record state­ment of sur­vivor

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NEW DELHI: The Un­nao rape victim’s state­ment was on Wed­nes­day recorded by District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who set up a tem­po­rary court­room at the AIIMS Trauma Cen­tre here, where the teenager is cur­rently ad­mit­ted, re­cov­er­ing from her in­juries which were in­flicted in a car crash that had put her in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The court had ear­lier or­dered that the trial pro­ceed­ings in the Un­nao rape case, where ex­pelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sen­gar stands ac­cused of rap­ing the then mi­nor girl, would be held “in-cam­era”, mean­ing that the trial will not be open for the pub­lic or the press, in or­der to pro­tect the victim and cer­tain wit­nesses in the case.

Both Sen­gar and his co-ac­cused Shashi Singh were also brought to the tem­po­rary court­room from Ti­har Jail, while the rape victim’s state­ment was recorded.

Judge Sharma had or­dered on Satur­day that the tem­po­rary court be set up at the hos­pi­tal so that the trial can be com­pleted in a speedy man­ner with­out in­ter­fer­ing with the rape victim’s re­cov­ery.

The Delhi High Court had on Friday is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from its ad­min­is­tra­tive side, per­mit­ting the tem­po­rary court­room to be set up af­ter the trial court judge had in­di­cated his in­ten­tion to record the victim’s state­ment at the hos­pi­tal.

This trial per­tains to the main rape case against the Banger­mau MLA, where it is alleged that in 2017, Singh had taken the then 17-yearold victim to Sen­gar’s home in Un­nao, where the then BJP leader had dragged her into his room and raped her.

New Delhi: The Un­nao rape victim's state­ment was on Wed­nes­day recorded by District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who set up a tem­po­rary court­room at the AIIMS Trauma Cen­tre here, where the teenager is cur­rently ad­mit­ted, re­cov­er­ing from her in­juries which were in­flicted in a car crash that had put her in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The court had ear­lier or­dered that the trial pro­ceed­ings in the Un­nao rape case, where ex­pelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sen­gar stands ac­cused of rap­ing the then mi­nor girl, would be held "in­cam­era", mean­ing that the trial will not be open for the pub­lic or the press, in or­der to pro­tect the victim and cer­tain wit­nesses in the case.

Both Sen­gar and his coac­cused Shashi Singh were also brought to the tem­po­rary court­room from Ti­har Jail, while the rape victim's state­ment was recorded.

Judge Sharma had or­dered on Satur­day that the tem­po­rary court be set up at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Cen­tre so that the trial can be com­pleted in a speedy man­ner with­out in­ter­fer­ing with the rape victim's re­cov­ery.

The Delhi High Court had on Friday is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from its ad­min­is­tra­tive side, per­mit­ting the tem­po­rary court­room to be set up af­ter the

trial court judge had in­di­cated his in­ten­tion to record the victim's state­ment at the hos­pi­tal.

The trial court here had framed charges of kid­nap­ping and rape un­der the rel­e­vant sec­tions of the IPC and the POCSO Act against both Sen­gar Singh, against whom the CBI had filed a chargehsee­t.

This trial per­tains to the main rape case against the Banger­mau MLA, where it is alleged that in 2017, Singh had taken the victim to Sen­gar's home in Un­nao, where the then BJP leader had dragged her into his room and raped her.

Af­ter Sen­gar had al­legedly raped the then 17-year-old girl at his Un­nao home, the victim was kid­napped and gang-raped by his hench­men.

When the girl's fa­ther was try­ing to get the case regis­tered at one of the po­lice sta­tions in the UP town, Sen­gar al­legedly in­structed po­lice­men in Un­nao to plant a coun­try-made pis­tol on his per­son and frame him in a pur­ported Arms Act case, as re­sult of which he was ar­rested and then beaten to death in cus­tody. While the case came to light only a year later when the rape victim tried to immolate her­self out­side Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath's res­i­dence, it took promi­nence once again in July this year. On July 28, a car in which the rape victim, her lawyer and two aunts were trav­el­ling was hit by a truck in a head-on col­li­sion in UP'S Rai Bareilly district, killing the aunts, one of whom was to tes­tify in a case against Sen­gar, and putting both the rape victim and her lawyer in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The ac­ci­dent threw the case back into the spot­light when it was known that the truck's num­ber plates were de­lib­er­ately black­ened. This led to the UP Po­lice im­me­di­ately regis­ter­ing a mur­der case against Sen­gar and his associates with re­spect to the ac­ci­dent, which was within a day trans­ferred to the CBI.

How­ever, the Supreme Court had by then taken suo motu cog­ni­sance of the case, when it was re­ported that a let­ter to the Chief Jus­tice of In­dia, out­lin­ing ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion by Sen­gar's men, had got­ten stuck in red tape.

Fol­low­ing this, CJI Ran­jan Go­goi directed the CBI to fin­ish its probe in the ac­ci­dent case and file a chargehsee­t in the matter within a fort­night. The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion had sub­se­quently set up a team of more than 26 of­fi­cials to probe the case and is still con­tin­u­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter hav­ing been pro­vided with mul­ti­ple ex­ten­sions by the Apex court. The CJI had also at the time asked that all the Un­nao-re­lated cases ex­cept for the ac­ci­dent one be trans­ferred for trial to a Delhi court. While a spe­cial court had been set up in Lucknow to hear the Un­nao cases and even af­ter the CBI had filed mul­ti­ple chargeshee­t against Sen­gar and the other co-ac­cused, the UP court could not be­gin the trial.

Of the to­tal five Un­nao re­lated case, the Delhi court has framed charges against Sen­gar in two - one in the rape case and the other in the mur­der of the rape victim's fa­ther.

PTI

In this file picture ex­pelled BJP MLA and ac­cused in the Un­nao rape case Kuldeep Singh Sen­gar is be­ing taken to Ti­har jail af­ter be­ing pro­duced Tis Hazari court, in New Delhi

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