Supreme Court News: The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over the postponement of the hearing of the rape victim’s pregnancy case by the Gujarat High Court. The Supreme Court on Saturday (August 19) said that valuable time was wasted during the hearing of the case, after the High Court deferred hearing on the victim’s plea for medical termination of her 26-week pregnancy.
A bench of Justices BV Nagaratna and Ujjal Bhuiyan said in a special sitting that such cases should be heard quickly and not treated as any ordinary case. There should not be a careless attitude of adjourning the hearing in such cases.
What was said in the Supreme Court?
The petitioner’s counsel told the Supreme Court that the 25-year-old woman had approached the High Court on August 7 and the matter was taken up for hearing the next day. He said that the High Court had on August 8 issued a direction to constitute a medical board to ascertain the health status of the petitioner along with the pregnancy status. After this, the report was presented on August 10 by the Medical College, where the woman was examined.
The top court said that the report was taken on record by the High Court on August 11, but strangely the matter was listed after 12 days i.e. on August 23. The Court ignored the fact that in this case and in the present circumstances how important was the delay of every day.
“Order not uploaded yet”
The bench also noted that it has been brought to the notice of the counsel for the petitioner that the status of the matter shows that the petition was dismissed by the High Court on August 17, but no reason was given in the court and the order is yet to be posted on the website. Not uploaded yet. According to news agency PTI, the court said that we direct the Secretary General of this court to inquire with the Registrar General of the Gujarat High Court and find out whether the impugned order has been uploaded or not.
Supreme Court angry on time wastage
The petitioner’s counsel told the bench that the petitioner woman was in the 26th week of pregnancy when the medical board was constituted. The bench asked that on August 11 it was stayed till August 23. for what purpose? And till then how many days have been wasted. The counsel for the petitioner said that earlier the matter was listed on August 17 instead of August 23.
Hearing will be held on August 21
The Supreme Court said that it will do the first hearing of the case on 21 August. The bench also sought response from the state government and agencies concerned on the petition. The counsel for the petitioner told the bench that as on date the petitioner is 27 weeks and two days pregnant and would soon be nearing the 28th week of her pregnancy. The bench also inquired about the report filed by the Medical Board in the High Court. The counsel for the petitioner said that according to the report, the pregnancy can be terminated.
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