Unnao rape case: Accused MLA sent to seven-day CBI custody

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2018

Within hours of taking over the investigation, the CBI brought Sengar, who had remained untouched by the state police, to its office in Lucknow, where he was questioned for almost 16 hours before being taken into custody. Sengar's arrest came hours after the Allahabad High Court came down heavily on the Yogi Adityanath government and asked the CBI to arrest him.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a teenager past year, was sent to police custody for seven days by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Saturday, a day after he was arrested by the investigating agency.

Second, MLA Kuldeep Singh's brother Atul, arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for allegedly murdering the rape victim's father, has not been named in any FIR. Later, the rape victim's father was arrested, and on Monday, he died in hospital.

On Wednesday night, Kuldeep Singh Sengar made a dramatic appearance outside the house of the police chief in Lucknow, in a convoy of 20 vehicles. UP Government has been facing the heat and even several BJP MLAs protested against Kuldeep Singh Sengar after which a CBI probe has been initiated. Singh also said, "Those who are raising a hue and cry, are shedding crocodile tears for women..."

The matter caught attention of media when the girl tried to immolate herself in front of the Chief Minister's residence last week. Sources said then Unnao Superintendent of Police Neha Pandey and the incumbent district police chief Pushpanjali might also be questioned. Observing that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report showed that the medical officers and police officers were hand in glove with the accused to save them, the court said since these officers have been arrested already why further investigation was needed to arrest the main accused.

The Supreme Court will also hear next week a plea for CBI probe into the Unnao gangrape case. CBI officials also took over records such as treatment prescription, ultrasound reports and details of the post-mortem which was conducted by a panel of doctors.

CBI will now focus on Sengar's associates in the same case, who are on bail and will approach court today for its cancellation. He also emphasised that government will take stringent action against the culprits.

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