Lucknow, Apr 12: The noose is tightening around Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape case after the Uttar Pradesh Police filed an FIR against him. The FIR has been filed against Sengar under Sections 363, 366, 375 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act since the alleged rape survivor is a minor. Meanwhile, the Unnao rape case has also been transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The police have also decided to provide adequate security to the rape survivor.
Sengar has been accused of kidnapping and rape. Shashi Singh, a woman from the rape survivor’s village, who claimed that Sengar was innocent, has also been named in the FIR. She has been accused of having taken the rape survivor to Sengar’s residence.
A midnight drama unfolded on Wednesday after the FIR was filed last evening. Rape accused BJP MLA Sengar made a visit to the Senior Superintendent of Police’s (SSP) office with at least two dozen supporters. Sengar also reportedly had a scuffle with media-persons present outside the SSP office.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) visited the survivor’s village on Wednesday and submitted a preliminary report on the case to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The SIT in its report accused Sengar of conspiring the death of the rape survivor’s father. The BJP MLA, however, refuted all the charges saying it is a conspiracy of his enemies.
The Allahabad High Court took suo motu cognisance of the case on Wednesday following the custodial death of the victim’s father and said that the body of the rape victim’s father should be kept safe. The High Court will hear the case today. The Supreme Court also agreed to hear a plea seeking compensation and protection for the survivor’s family and request for CBI probe into the case. The apex court will hear the plea next week.
The father of the rape survivor died in police custody on Monday. He was arrested on April 8 after he along with his daughter attempted suicide in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Lucknow. The woman has alleged that she was gangraped by Sengar and his accomplices in June 2017.