Unnao rape case: CBI arrests accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar

Lucknow, April 13: Following  Allahabad High Court order, the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested  BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar accused in Unnao rape case. 

The probe agency grilled Sengar for close to 15 hours earlier in a day and recorded the statement of the victim as a part of its probe in 17-year-old girl rape.

A Central Bureau of Investigation team visited the hotel in Unnao where the victim is housed under police protection to take her statement. CBI officials also spoke to her anguished family, an official told news agency IANS.

Sengar was brought here at the probe agency’s office early on Friday when he was about to leave for Varanasi.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on late Thursday registered three cases against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA following the Centre’s order.

In the first FIR, the CBI named Sengar and Shashi Singh, a woman who allegedly took the rape victim to the Bharatiya Janata Party leader’s house.

The second FIR is against four of Sengar’s accomplices — Vineet, Baua, Shailu and Sonu — over the charges of rioting, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt.

The third one relates to Sengar’s brother Atul Singh, who claimed that he was attacked by the victim’s father. Atul Singh is presently in judicial custody.

Meanwhile, coming out in support of Sengar, a relative of BJP MLA also sought CBI inquiry into the matter.

“We ourselves had demanded a CBI inquiry. This morning CBI came and asked us to come to the CBI headquarters as they wanted to talk,” Prakhar Singh told ANI.

However, Sengar, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Unnao, had not been nabbed by the police.

Reacting to the politician’s detention, Unnao rape victim said: “I want strict action should be taken against him and he should be given severe punishment”.

Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh police lodged an FIR against Sengar 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, and handed over the case to the CBI.

The teen had accused the MLA of raping her in June last year.

She also tried to set herself on fire outside the Chief Minister’s residence on Sunday, claiming inaction in the matter.

Later on Sunday, her father was picked up by police and allegedly assaulted by Senger’s brother Atul Singh and his friends after which he died.

The incident has triggered a political storm and public outrage across the country.


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