Unnao Case: SC Modifies Its Order, Keeps in Abeyance Transfer of Accident Case to Delhi

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta argued that since the investigation was still pending, the case could not be transferred.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday kept in abeyance its earlier order by which it had transferred, from Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi, the accident case in which the Unnao rape victim was severely injured.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta took note of the submission of solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, that the accident took place last Sunday and the investigation was in progress.

Mehta said since the probe in the accident was still pending, the case cannot be transferred under the provisions of law and sought indulgence of the bench that its transfer be kept in abeyance till the conclusion of the probe.

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The apex court on Thursday had granted two weeks to the CBI to conclude the investigation and had ordered transfer of the five cases related to the Unnao rape and murder incidents from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.

In an accident involving the victim’s car and a truck, the girl and her lawyer were severely injured. Two aunts of the victim had died in the accident.

UP police probing bribery video

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police ordered on Friday a probe into the allegation that a policeman was bribed by a person close to Sengar. The policeman, posted at the Sitapur jail, where rape and murder accused Sengar is lodged, was seen in a video allegedly being bribed by a person considered close to the legislator.

Sengar, who is accused of raping a minor girl from Unnao two years ago and killing two members of her family, was expelled by the BJP on Thursday.

“I have not seen the video but it has come to our knowledge. We will get the matter probed and strict action will be taken. If policemen are found guilty they will be dismissed,” director general (DG), prisons, Anand Kumar, said here.

In the video, a policeman is seen allegedly being bribed by a man in a kurta and pyjama outside the Sitapur jail. The man in the video, Rinku Shukla, a panchayat member of Unnao, told reporters that he was not bribing the policeman to meet the Bangermau MLA.