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

15 April 2018, 10:20 | Devin Moran

Unnao BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar | IANS

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

In the last week, two police officers and four constables have been suspended after the victim's father, who alleged that she was raped by a BJP MLA and his accomplice previous year, died allegedly in police custody.

Sengar had been moving around freely, denying the accusations, making disparaging comments about the girl and her family and hitting out at the media in the Unnao rape case.

The court on Thursday came down strongly on the state government for not arresting Sengar despite the registration of an FIR registration and said the administration's stand would force it to declare that "law and order has collapsed in the state".

Advocate General Raghvendra Singh, who was representing the state government, told the court that there was no enough evidence against Kuldeep Senger as per the investigation team. The advocate general also said that three of the accused have already been arrested, including the lawmaker's brother Atul Singh Sengar.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the custodial death of the Unnao rape victim's father in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court has appointed an "amicus curiae" (friend of court) and directed the Yogi Adityanath government to file all details related to the case with action taken report (ATR).

The agency, which was referred the case Thursday, sprung into action immediately by re-registering the UP police FIRs and brought the MLA to its Lucknow office at around 5 am for questioning, officials said, adding that a team of officials would visit the scene of crime and question jail officials, police officials and family members of the MLA.

The court directed the central agency to carry out the investigation strictly in accordance with the law and consider filing an application for the cancellation of the bail granted to other accused in the Unnao rape case. "I have come here because TV channels were saying I will surrender", he appeared to taunt reporters, insisting that he was neither a fugitive nor a rapist.

The BJP MLA from Banagarmau in Uttar Pradesh has been charged under the stringent POCSO Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with rape. "Have you arrested Sengar?"

On Thursday, police lodged an FIR against Sengar in connection with the alleged gangrape after the UP government made a decision to hand over the probe to the CBI. The FIR has been registered under Sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to compel her marriage), 363 (kidnapping) and 506 (criminal intimidation) at the Maksi police station.

Besides the allegation of rape levied by the 17-year-old, the CBI would also probe the assault on her father on April 3 and his death, allegedly in judicial custody, a few days later.

The victim welcomed the CBI probe in the rape case and murder of her father.

Sengar said he had gone to the police to prove wrong the reports of him surrendering before the police and also those of him going into hiding.

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