Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022

Unnao Rape Survivor, Injured In Car Crash, Won't Be Airlifted To Delhi For Now: Supreme Court

The family of the rape survivor has informed the court that she is completely unconscious and not in a condition of being airlifted


The Supreme Court on Friday said the Unnao rape survivor's family is at liberty to take a call on shifting her to AIIMS in Delhi from the Lucknow hospital where she is undergoing treatment following a road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district.

The top court took note of a statement made by senior advocate V Giri that said the rape survivor is unconscious and on ventilator, and her family has expressed that she be treated at the Lucknow hospital for the time being.

Giri is assisting the court as amicus curiae in the matter.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi accepted the suggestion and said the rape survivor's family is at liberty to take a call on shifting her to AIIMS.

The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, was informed that the lawyer, who was injured along with the rape survivor in the accident, was taken off ventilator but his condition is still critical.

His father was indecisive on him being shifted to Delhi, the Supreme Court was informed.

The bench also said the family of the survivor and the lawyer can approach the Supreme Court's secretary general if at any point they would like to shift them to AIIMS in Delhi.

It also directed shifting of the rape victim's uncle from Raebareli jail to Tihar and deferred the matter for further order on Monday.

The top court also directed all media houses not to disclose the identity of the victim directly, indirectly, or in any manner.

During the brief hearing, the Uttar Pradesh government informed the bench that the interim compensation of Rs 25 lakh has already been released to victim's family.

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

The apex court Thursday shifted all cases related to Unnao rape to Delhi. The court has asked the CBI to complete the probe into the car crash within seven days and rape case in 45 days.

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(With Agency Inputs)