BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, alleged of raping a 17-year old girl, has been arrested by the CBI following an order on Friday by the Allahabad High Court to the CBI. The court had directed the CBI to arrest the politician and not merely detain him. The tainted MLA had been questioned for over 15 hours by the investigators earlier in the day.
The CBI has also been asked by the high Court to file a status report by May 2.
The court order came just a few hours after the four-time MLA was detained by the CBI for interrogation.
The court direction, delivered by a bench comprised of Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar, came after the state government representative to the court informed that the CBI had detained Sengar for interrogation but had not arrested him yet.
The court also suggested the CBI to file an appeal for cancellation of the bail granted to the other arrested individual in the Unnao rape case while also directing the CBI to go ahead with the investigations according to the law.
Soon after the CBI was handed over the case a day ago, the investigating agency filed FIRs with the UP police and brought the accused MLA to its Lucknow office at around 5 am on Friday morning for questioning. Additionally, the CBI also plans to question jail authorities, police officials and family members of the MLA and investigate the place of the alleged crime, according to reports.
Following the decision of the UP government to hand over the case to the CBI on Thursday, a case against Sengar was registered with the UP police under multiple sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act. It has been days that the father of the Unnao rape survivor was found dead in police custody and the survivor had tried to immolate herself in front of the residence of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Atul Singh Sengar, the brother of the accused MLA had earlier bee4n arrested by the police for beating up the father of the survivor.
According to the allegations against the MLA, the minor girl was raped by him on June 4, 2017 at the residence of the politician. The girl had gone to the residence of the politician to look for a job. The girl and her family approached the court in February this year to get the name of the MLA included in the rape case.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has opened his mouth for the first time since the Unnao case came to the limelight. He said that no culprit will be spared.
“Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it,” the prime minister said.
“I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,” PM Modi added while speaking in Delhi this evening.
PM Modi had been challenged by Congress President Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day to speak up in relation to the two recent incidents of rape – in Unnao and in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. Rahul had called the silence of Modi as being “unacceptable”.
“What do you think about the growing violence against women and children? Why are accused rapists and murderers protected by the state?” Rahul Gandhi had tweeted. Seeking
Earlier, a midnight candle march was held by Rahul in New Delhi’s India Gate justice for the eight-year-old girl in the Kathua case. The child was kidnapped, brutally assaulted and later in Kathua in January as well as for the Unnao rape survivor.
(Adapted from TheIndianExprress.com)