The Central Bureau of Investigation has formed a 20-member additional team to probe Unnao rape survivor’s July 28 car accident in Raebareli that left the victim and her lawyer critically injured, and two of her aunts dead.
A CBI spokesperson today told PTI that six top forensic experts from Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory have already reached the crime scene.
The 20-member special team will assist a five-member team in Lucknow which is already probing the case, the spokesperson added.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court expressed strong displeasure over the handling of the Unnao rape case and the road accident last Sunday.
It transferred all cases related to the matter from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi, while ordering interim compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the victim and CRPF security cover for her, the family and their lawyer.
However, family members of the Unnao rape survivor on Friday told SC that they do not want to shift the victim to New Delhi from a hospital in Lucknow. The survivor is unconscious and is in a critical condition. The lawyer, appearing for the family in the court, said she can be shifted once her condition is stable.
Senior advocate V Giri told the top court that the rape survivor is unconscious and on ventilator, and her family has expressed that she be treated at a Lucknow hospital for the time being. Giri is assisting the court as amicus curiae in the matter.
The top court also said that media organisations should not directly, indirectly or in any manner disclose the identity of the Unnao rape survivor.
On Thursday, the BJP expelled party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping a woman in Unnao. The expulsion came days after the road accident.
On the same day, Congress said the BJP’s expulsion of the Unnao rape accused MLA was an acknowledgement of having “empowered” a criminal, and took a dig at the Modi government, asking why the “beti bachao beti padhao gang” was silent on the matter.
The party also hailed the SC order transferring all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in the national capital.
Sengar, who represents Bangarmau in the UP Assembly, has also been booked for murder in the accident case.