CBI tightens noose around BJP MLA Sengar in Unnao Gang Rape Case

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HC asks UP govt The Allahabad High Court had come down heavily on the UP government on Thursday on the Unnao rape, asking whether it proposes to arrest accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

State government, however, has transferred the case to CBI, and left it over the national agency for Kuldeep Singh's arrest.

But the MLA alleges that the girl had been tutored to build a rape case against him following a family dispute over village supremacy, and her abduction past year and that the survivor and her kin pressed for his arrest for fear of destruction of evidence.

As reported by news agency ANI, the residents of Shivkuti Colony say that the step has been taken due to the alleged role of BJP workers in increasing number of rapes and crime against women in Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier this week, the Unnao case took a decisive turn, after the Allahabad High Court took cognisance of the case and berated the state government for not taking stern action against the accused, who had been roaming free till then.

The victim claimed that she had gone to meet UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and top police officers in August.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been charged under the stringent sexual offences law to protect children and the penal code. "It is a very important point that the victim did not name the MLA in her statement before a magistrate in the rape matter", a senior BJP leader said. Victim's father died on Tuesday.

Now, the HC bench headed by Chief Justice D B Bhosle will monitor the case and give several directions to the CBI, including vacating the bails of other accused and all the FIRs in the case. Faced with the embarrassment of its own MLA being involved in the case, the state government had referred the matter to the Centre for CBI probe. Subsequently, the victims father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 and put in jail on April 5.

"What is disturbing... is that the father of the prosecutrix, for no reason, came to be arrested and was in custody, where, we are informed, he was mercilessly beaten and succumbed to injuries", said the court.

Sengar, a four-term MLA, enjoys enormous clout cutting across party lines in the rural areas around Unnao district, a semi-urban area about 70 km from Lucknow.

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