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Unnao Rape Case: CBI arrests BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

15 April 2018, 10:22 | Erica Roy

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He further directed Advocate General Raghvendra Singh to appear before the court on Thursday with all details related to the case and what action the state government has so far taken in the rape and murder case.

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 past year, died allegedly in police custody. "In our opinion, arrest of the accused in the present case is necessarily required to safeguard the majesty of law and the dignity of the prosecutrix (the girl) and to instil confidence that free and fair investigation shall be undertaken by the Investigating agency", the bench of Chief Justice DB Bhonsale and Justice Suneet Kumar ruled.

The counsel for the state government informed the court that the case has been handed over to the probe agency, which detained Sengar but has not arrested him yet.

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.

To this, the bench questioned what has been done in the case and whether any arrests have been made so far.

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team visited Sengar's residence in Lucknow early on Fridayand detained him for questioning in the case.

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

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.

"The doctor did not examine the victim and the police did not register the crime, though handwritten complaint of the victim was sent from the office of the CM". The court took cognizanc of the lette as a PIL and issued notice to the state government.

Ordering Kuldeep Singh Sengar's immediate arrest today, the court rejected the contention.

While the MLA was being grilled in Lucknow, another CBI team reached Unnao where it quizzed the rape victim's family members at a local hotel where they have been staying since the last few days. It has re-registered the three first information reports filed by the state police in the case. He was charged under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Friday led a candlelight march against the BJP government on the rape of minors in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and demanded a speedy trial should be held and culprits be hanged till death.

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