THE Supreme Court on Monday granted to CBI time till September 6 to complete the investigation into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed. The apex court, which had earlier given two weeks to the CBI to complete the probe, extended the time while noting that the probe agency has done “extensive investigation” in the case so far. “We have perused the report of the CBI. This court, vide order dated August 1, 2019, granted an outer limit of two weeks to complete the investigation.
On perusal of the report, we find that the CBI has done extensive investigation but some loose ends need to be tied up,” a bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said. “Some of the investigation relates to collating and analyzing the material already collected, especially the electronic records. Most importantly the statements of the victim and her counsel who was driving the car could not be recorded till date, as they are both not in a position to make a statement,” the bench noted in its order.
While seeking four more weeks to complete the probe, CBI told the top court that statements of rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded yet and it wants to analyse certain electronic evidence collected so far during the probe. T he court also directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the lawyer who is in a critical condition and undergoing treatment. The bench however took exception to some public statements made by the family members of the rape survivor in the media and said it might help the accused during the trial of the case.
‘Driver, helper of truck may undergo narco test’
THE CBI is likely to carry out narco-analysis on the driver and helper of the truck that hit the Unnao rape survivor’s car and may seek their custody in this regard, officials said on Monday. The CBI had subjected the two to a lie-detector test in its office and brain mapping at Forensic Science Laboratory, Gandhinagar, Gujarat but the report is still awaited, they said.