New Delhi, Apr 14: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Unnao. Allahabad High Court directed the investigation agency to arrest Sengar after it informed the bench that the MLA was detained but not arrested. The development came a few hours after the Uttar Pradesh government handed over the Unnao rape case to the CBI.

The High Court also rapped the chief minister Yogi Adityanath government saying that it was “directly in league and under influence of the MLA” which delayed the arrest of Sengar. “The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and government officials were directly in league and under the influence of Sengar,” the court said.

It further added that the father of the Unnao rape victim wouldn’t have died had the police acted on the complaint filed by the girl in August, last year. Adityanath on Friday claimed that he learnt about the Unnao rape case only on April 9.

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The High Court on Friday said that the victim has lost her father “merely because cognizance was not taken of her complaint made in August 2017.

It added that had the police taken “cognizance of the complaint to the CM and forwarded to the concerned police station at that stage, perhaps, further damage, including the death of her father would not have taken place.”

“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. On petty offence, her father was beaten up by the brother and the goons of Sengar and was arrested and in the custody was beaten mercilessly,” the court said.

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.

Nearly five days after the Unnao rape victim tried to immolate herself outside the Lucknow residence of Yogi Adityanath, the UP CM said that his government will not make any compromise on the issues of crime. (Also Read: Two BJP Ministers Resign; Ram Madhav Says no Problem in Alliance With PDP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday broke his silence over the Unnao and Kathua rape cases saying that crimes against women have shamed the country and the culprits won’t be spared. “It’s an insult to the freedom fighters who gave their lives for the Independence of this country. We are all ashamed as a society, as a country,” he said.

PM Modi also slammed the two leaders saying that being ministers, they shouldn’t have joined the attack on J&K police for arresting the accused in the rape of an eight-year-old minor.