Unnao rape case: Allahabad HC orders CBI to arrest accused BJP MLA

Uttar Pradesh Police arrest brother of rape-accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

Unnao BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar | IANS

Her father, who was in judicial custody since April 4 after he got into a fight with the MLA's brother, died on Monday.

The bench comprising chief justice DB Bhosale and justice Suneet Kumar asked the central agency to file a status report in the Unnao rape case on May 2 - the next date of hearing.

The court also appointed an amicus curiae in the matter and posted it to be heard on April 12. "The whole family is going through a mental trauma", claimed Sengar's wife and added: "Till now not even a single evidence of my husband's involvement in the rape has been produced and ironically he has already been declared a rapist", she asserted. He was arrested after over 15 hours of questioning by the CBI.

On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court had come down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government, asking that despite FIR why BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was not arrested. The CBI, which had taken over the probe on Thursday morning, had started questioning Kuldeep Singh Sengar early Friday morning, ahead of the court ruling.

It directed the CBI to consider filing an application for cancellation of bail granted to other accused in the rape case.

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Several Union ministers including Mahesh Sharma, Piyush Goyal and Maneka Gandhi, however, sought to defend the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, saying it is committed to protecting women, and ensuring that law takes its course.

A Special Investigation Team, investigating the case, had submitted its report to the government Wednesday evening. "If this is the conduct of the police in the state, who will a victim approach to register a complaint", the court said.

"The Government would be sending the recommendation letter to the Home Ministry today and now it is up to the central agency to take action against the legislator", said state Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar and Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh in a joint news conference. Sengar said, "When there is an arrest warrant, call me". He has been charged under the stringent POCSO Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code that deals with rape, which are sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. When confronted by the media, the MLA said that he had come to enquire whether his name had appeared in any of the First Information Reports (FIRs).

On Apr 8, the rape victim along with his family tried to commit suicide in front of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence in Lucknow.

Kumar said the government chose to transfer the case to the CBI after lodging the case into the incidents of June 4, 2017, (alleged rape) and since the two other cases of April 3 this year (cross FIRs on the beating up of the victim's father leading to his death) are connected, they will also be transferred to the CBI.

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