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The Supreme Court on Friday granted a week to a woman who filed a rape complaint against BJP leader and former Union minister Shahnawaz Hussain to bring some physical documents. A bench of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat took note of the submissions of the complainant woman’s counsel that some material facts relating to the alleged offense have been concealed by the BJP leader’s counsel and he wants to bring the same on the record of the apex court.
Woman got one week’s grace
The bench told advocate Sandeep Kumar Singh, appearing for the woman, “If you want to file something, please file them in a week.” We will list the matter for hearing on October 12. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and Siddharth Luthra appeared for Hussain. Earlier, on September 19, the apex court had adjourned hearing on Hussain’s appeal, on the complaint of the woman against the Delhi High Court order alleging rape related to the FIR against him. On August 22, the Supreme Court bench had stayed the order of the High Court.
Earlier on August 17, the high court had dismissed Hussain’s plea challenging a trial court order. In this, Delhi Police was directed to register an FIR against him. The top court, while issuing notices to the Delhi Police and the complainant woman, on Hussain’s plea, had said prima facie the matter needs to be considered after hearing Rohatgi’s arguments.
In 2018, a Delhi woman had approached the trial court to register an FIR against Hussain for the alleged rape. Hussain had denied the allegations. A magisterial court had on 7 July 2018 ordered registration of an FIR against Hussain, observing that a cognizable offense has been made out in the complaint. This was challenged by the BJP leader in the sessions court which rejected his plea.