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CBI records statement of Unnao rape victim in road accident case

The CBI, which has taken over the investigation into the accident, has booked 10 people for murder, including Sengar, who is already in jail

New Delhi: The CBI has recorded the statement of the Unnao rape victim in the case of the road accident, in which she lost her aunts and she and her lawyer were injured, officials said on Monday. The rape victim, who was flown from the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow to AIIMS in Delhi in a critical condition, has shown considerable progress and has been moved to the ward, they said.

After her condition improved, the agency recorded her statement, they said. The victim, hailing from Unnao, has alleged that Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar had raped her in 2017 when she was still a minor. Sengar was expelled from the BJP last month. Her uncle has alleged the hand of people close to Sengar in the accident.

The statement of her lawyer is yet to be recorded as he is still in the Intensive Care Unit in a critical condition, they said. The lawyer was in the car with the victim when a speeding truck approaching in the wrong direction rammed into it in Gurubakshganj in Rae Bareli, about 60 kilometres from state capital Lucknow, resulting in the death of her two aunts, they said.

The rape survivor, who suffered critical injuries in a car-truck collision, was airlifted to New Delhi from Lucknow for further treatment following Supreme Court directives in this regard, police said. On the advice of AIIMS doctors, the journey of the ambulance carrying the injured person was facilitated by providing free passage

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has taken over the investigation into the accident, has booked 10 people for murder, including Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is already in jail, charged with the rape of the woman in 2017 when she was a minor.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi accepted the suggestion and said the victim’s family is at liberty to take a call on moving her to AIIMS in Delhi from Lucknow. The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose was informed that her lawyer, who was also injured in the accident, was taken off the ventilator but his condition is still critical.

 

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