New Delhi, Jul 11: The Centre Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in connection with the Unnao rape case. The sources said the charge sheet was filed before Special CBI court in Lucknow and names Sengar and his alleged associate Sashi Singh as accused in the case.

“After investigation, a charge sheet has been filed in the competent court in Lucknow against Sengar and Shashi Singh under sections 120 B, 363, 367, 376(1), 506 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and sections 3 and 4 of Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said in New Delhi.

A CBI official also said that the victim was first raped by the four-time MLA on June 4, 2017 evening, while she was gangraped by another set of accused between June 11 to 20.

Sengar, who represents the Bangermau assembly constituency, is in jail for allegedly raping the teenager at his home when she had gone to meet him for a job. Shashi Singh is his close aide who allegedly lured the girl to the MLA. He was arrested by the CBI on April 13.

In April, the victim tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s house, alleging that police did not act though she had approached them several months earlier. She had alleged that she was raped by the MLA from Bangarmau in Unnao at his residence on June 4, 2017 where she had gone with a relative seeking a job.

Faced with embarrassment, the BJP government in the state had recommended a CBI probe in April this year.

A purported video of the girl’s father before his death had gone viral in which he had alleged that he was mercilessly beaten up, including with rifle butts, by the MLA’s brother and others in the presence of police.

(With Agency inputs)