Unnao rape case: CBI arrests BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar

Unnao rape case: CBI arrests BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar

Facing heat and growing outrage over the case, the Yogi Adityanath government on late Wednesday night had made a decision to hand over to the CBI the probe into the Unnao rape case.

The High Court on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of the rape case.

The man had died on Monday in custody after his daughter had accused BJP MLA of Unnao, his brother and his accomplices of raping her in June, 2017.

On Thursday, the court had pulled up the UP government over the delay in the arrest of the MLA. The high court has also asked for a progress report of the case by May 2, and said that Sengar should not just be detained, he should be arrested for his crimes.

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

Late on Wednesday, Sengar, with a convoy of 20 vehicles full of supporters, went to the official residence of a senior police officer in Lucknow to claim that he had neither raped the teenager nor had a role in her father's death.

When asked when Sengar would be arrested, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar told reporters here that the CBI would take a decision on this. The SIT submitted a video that purportedly shows the girl's father saying Sengar's brother, Atul, assaulted him in police presence. 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. According to report, CBI took over the Unnao rape case from the UP Police on Thursday night within hours of the papers reaching Delhi from Lucknow as the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is said to have intervened to hasten the formalities and the DoPT which works under the Prime Minister immediately issued a notification in this regard.

In his letter addressed to the Chief Justice, Chaturvedi had demanded a court-monitored investigation into the case and also into the subsequent death of the survivor's father in judicial custody.

The legislator welcomed the decision of the UP government to conduct a CBI probe and asserted that the findings of the central agency will aquit him from all "false" charges.

State Director General of Police O P Singh said the minor had not named the MLA before the magistrate earlier as she feared for her life.

After the reports of supporters of Sengar clashing with mediapersons on Wednesday night, the Principal Secretary (Home) said that the government has chose to provide adequate security to the family of the victim and witnesses in the case.

The cases pertain to the alleged rape, killing of the girl's father and a case of arms act which was slapped on her father in which he was arrested by local police.