Unnao rape case: Judge at AIIMS to record victim's statement, accused Kuldeep Sengar also present
Following the directions of Delhi court, a judge has arrived at AIIMS in New Delhi for recording the statement of the Unnao rape survivor in the case of alleged sexual assault by expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017.
Accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar has also been taken to AIIMS for the hearing. He was brought along with co-accused Shashi Singh.
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.
The rape survivor has been in the hospital after she was injured in an accident. The 'in-camera' proceedings are not open to the public and the press.
District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who arrived at AIIMS on Wednesday morning, had on September 7 given the directions for setting up a temporary court at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, where the woman is presently admitted following the July 28 accident, after the high court nod.
No audio, video recording
The court said there shall be no audio or video recording of the deposition and the 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.
What is the case
The woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Sengar in conspiracy with co-accused Shashi Singh in 2017 when she was a minor. The rape survivor was air-lifted from a Lucknow hospital to Delhi on the orders of the Supreme Court.
Special judge Dharmesh Sharma, who is holding a trial in the cases related to the Unnao incident, had recently sought permission from the high court seeking permission to hold in-camera proceedings at AIIMS for a recording of the statement of the woman after doctors said it was "not advisable" to bring her to the court premises.