Lucknow, Apr 13: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Unnao. The agency acted after the Allahabad high court directed it to arrest him.
The Allahabad high court on Friday directed the Investigating Officer of the CBI to arrest the MLA. The division bench of Chief Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar directed the agency after it said that the MLA was detained but not arrested.
The Uttar Pradesh government had handed the rape case to the CBI. The UP Police had refused to arrest the MLA despite serious charges against him, saying the case had been handed over the agency and it was for them to decide on his arrest.
The CBI took over the case on Friday and questioned Sengar at its Lucknow office. The agency re-registered the FIRs and brought the MLA to its office at 5 am for questioning, but didn’t arrest him.
A CBI team visited the crime scenes in Makhi village and talked to the family members of the victim, witnesses and officials of the hospital, where the victim and her father were taken for treatment.
The agency has registered three FIRs. The first FIR pertains to the alleged rape of the girl in which Sengar and a woman, Shashi Singh, have been named as the accused. The second one pertains to rioting, in which four locals have been booked, and also the alleged killing of the victim’s father in judicial custody. Since the murder charge was added subsequently by the state police, it does not reflect in the CBI FIR. The third case pertains to the allegations against the victim’s father, who was arrested under the Arms Act and put in jail by the police, where he died. According to the post-mortem report, he had suffered serious injuries.
The victim and his family members had tried to commit suicide outside the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The victim’s father was arrested by police on April 5. He died in custody on April 9.
Yogi Adityanath had said that the guilty would not go unpunished. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also broke his silence on the matter, saying,“Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice.”
(With Agency Inputs)