Lucknow, May 11: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has confirmed sexual assault charge against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the politically sensitive Unnao gang-rape case. The CBI probe also revealed that the Uttar Pradesh police tried to save Kuldeep Singh Sengar and other accused by not naming them in the FIR and chargesheet, a leading newspaper report said.

The CBI has recorded the victim’s statement before a magistrate under CrPC Section 164, in which she reiterated that BJP’s legislator from Unnao’s Bangarmau, Kuldeep Singh Sengar raped her at his home in Uttar Pradesh’s Makhi village on June 4 last year and his woman aide Shashi Singh stood guard outside the room. Her statement, under CrPC Section 164, is admissible in court as evidence.

Even though the victim had consistently named Kuldeep Singh Sengar among those who sexually assaulted her, local police kept the MLA and some other accused out of the FIR filed on June 20 as well as the chargesheet filed later. Local police delayed the victim’s medical examination and didn’t send the vaginal swab or her clothes to the forensic laboratory, the CBI probe revealed.

“This was all deliberate and in connivance with the accused persons,” a CBI officer was quoted as saying. Kuldeep Singh Sengar, an accused of raping a 17-year-old and conspiring to kill her father, who died of injuries he sustained while beaten brutally in police custody by Sengar’s brother and some aides, was arrested by the CBI on April 13-14. Three cases have been filed against the BJP legislator.

An FIR was lodged against Sengar on April 12 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.

The victim tried to set herself ablaze outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on April 8, claiming inaction in the rape case that took place in 2017. Later, her father was picked up by the police and allegedly beaten up in custody by the MLA’s brother Atul Singh and his aides, following which he died in hospital.