Unnao rape case: Accused BJP MLA sent to 7-day police custody
16 April, 2018, 03:38 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Uttar Pradesh, CBI has tightened the noose around BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associates in Unnao Gang Rape Case. As soon as the central agency took over the investigation, it called Sengar for questioning at 4 am on Friday at its Lucknow office.
The bench passed the order on a letter written by senior advocate Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi demanding a court-monitored investigation of the case, which was treated as a PIL. The third FIR was registered against the girl's father on the charges of violation of arms act and indulging in rioting.
The BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Bengar has been charged under the stringent POCSO Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code or IPC dealing with rape. Though he was named in the complaint filed by the family, his name was dropped from the First Information Report (FIR) filed in the case.
Frustrated with the alleged police inaction and coercion from influential people, the victim attempted self-immolation in front of Chief Minister Adityanath's residence on April 8.
"Police was not ready to register FIR of the minor rape victim".
The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday issued a notice to the BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh's Bangarmau district over his freakish statement on Unnao rape case.
He said the high court was taken aback by the insensitive stand and callous attitude of the Advocate General, who represented the state government in court and received his brief from the highest levels.
The accused MLA was produced before a Lucknow court which sent him to a CBI custody.
Under the pressure and massive uproar, The UP government had yesterday made a decision to lodge an FIR against MLA Sengar in the case and refer it to the CBI for investigation.
In February, the girl's family moved court seeking to include the MLA's name in the rape case. During that time, his brother Atul Singh was arrested for a brutal assault on the girl's father, who was not just arrested with severe wounds on his body but died last week in police custody.
Sengar, a four-time MLA, enjoys an huge clout, cutting across party lines, in rural areas of Unnao district, a semi-urban area about 70 km from Lucknow.
The CBI is learnt to have also sought to know, in detail, from the legislator on where he was when the father of the victim was being thrashed at the Makhi police station and what all he tried thereafter to save his brother and four other aides.
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