CJI Ranjan Gogoi: Why Unnao rape victim’s letter never reached him

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has asked the Supreme Court registry to give report on why the letter written by Unnao rape victim’s mother not reach him.

15 days earlier to the accident that have killed two relatives of Unnao rape victim and severly injured her, her family had written a letter to the CJI Ranjan Gogoi stating there was a threat to their lives from the MLA who is the prime accused in the rape case.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said on Wednesday, “This morning I read in the papers that the Unnao victim has written a letter to the SC. I was informed about the letter yesterday. I have not yet seen the letter. It is yet to be placed before me. We try to do something constructive in the midst of this highly destructive volatile environment and this happens.”

On this year January, the victim’s mother has also filed a transfer petition before the SC and said the case should be transferred to Delhi instead of Lucknow as the family was in danger. She had said, “Would not get fair trial in UP.”

The apex Court will be hearing a petition on the mishandling of the Unnao case on Thursday. A medical report of the victim’s condition will also be placed before the court.

An official of the Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the letter written in Hindi was received by the office of CJI who has asked the court’s Secretary General to prepare a note out of it and explain him.

The letter dated July 12, written by the rape victim and two of her family members, was also sent to Allahabad High Court and other authorities of the UP government.

On Sunday, in Rae Bareli, the car in which the 19 year old rape victim, 2 of her family members and lawyer were travelling was hit by an over speeding truck coming from the wrong side killing on spot two of her family members and leaving her and lawyer severely injured.

The letter given to the CJI also narrated the incidents of 7th and 8th July when some people allegedly associated with Senger, the sitting BJP legislator, threatened the victim’s family with dire consequences.

(With inputs from PTI)