As per the directions of the Delhi court, a judge has arrived at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi to record the Unnao rape survivor’s statement in the case of alleged sexual assault by expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017.
Special Judge Dharmesh Sharma has reached AIIMS to hold court proceedings to record the statement. Accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar has also been taken to AIIMS for the hearing. As per directions of the court, the temporary court will hold ‘in-camera’ proceedings at AIIMS for recording the statement of the Unnao rape survivor. However, the proceedings are not open to the public or the press.
The rape survivor has been battling for her life after she was critically injured in a car accident.
As per the High Court’s order, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma gave directions to set up a temporary court at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, where the woman is presently admitted following the July 28 accident.
The rape survivor was air-lifted from Lucknow hospital to AIIMS for treatment of injuries sustained during a road accident in Uttar Pradesh. Her family alleged Kuldeep Singh Sengar was behind the road accident in Rae Bareli that killed two of her aunts and injured the woman and her lawyer.
The court said there shall be no audio or video recording of the deposition and requested the Medical Superintendent (MS) to ensure that the CCTV cameras installed inside the seminar hall remained switched off during the proceedings.
It also asked authorities to ensure that the woman does not come face to face with the accused.
The court directed the MS, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, to depute a well experienced nursing officer who will remain in the seminar hall to look after the rape survivor throughout the proceedings and will be in regular touch with attending doctors for her medication as well as to apprise them about her medical condition.
“The survivor shall be brought on a stretcher/trolley and shall be stationed at the right side of the dais in the seminar hall so that she faces the court and not the counsel for the parties. The proceedings shall be ‘In Camera’ and no other public person shall be allowed to enter into the seminar hall/court without the permission of this court,” it had said.
The Supreme Court has ordered the CBI to carry out a quick probe into the road accident after it shifted the trial of the rape case from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.