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Accused Of Unnao Rape, BJP MLA Booked But Still Roaming Free

The BJP MLA made a dramatic appearance before the Lucknow police chief but refused to surrender.

Lucknow: A night of throwing his weight around did not help BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was booked by the UP police on Thursday for the “gang-rape” of a minor girl in Unnao.

Police in Uttar Pradesh decided to file the FIR against Sengar after the government, late on Wednesday, said it would hand over the investigation into the case to the CBI.

Earlier, on Wednesday night, Sengar, in what can only be construed as deep-rooted political arrogance, made a dramatic appearance before the Lucknow police chief but refused to surrender. The MLA arrived in a convoy of around 20 cars, and, surrounded by his supporters, told the media that he had not absconded.

“I came here to show to the media that I am not absconding, and I am very much in Lucknow. I am here, tell me what to do,” Sengar said. “I am a disciplined BJP worker. I am innocent. I am being implicated.”

Meanwhile, speaking to PTI, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said the local police will continue with the probe till the premier investigating agency takes over.

Sengar, however, is yet to be arrested. The decision on whether to arrest him will be taken by the CBI, Arvind Kumar said.

The Unnao police have booked Sengar under various sections of IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in the Makhi police station area. The FIR has been registered under sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage,), 363 (kidnapping) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

When will you arrest him: Court asks Yogi govt

In more trouble for the BJP MLA, the Allahabad High Court has slammed the Uttar Pradesh government on the Unnao rape incident, asking it whether it proposes to arrest accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

A bench of Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar, taking cognisance of the gangrape case on a letter to the court by senior lawyer Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi, heard the matter in detail and will pronounce its order on Friday.

The court also questioned the conduct of the police in the case, saying whom will a victim approach to register a complaint.

Advocate General Raghvendra Singh, who was present in the court on its direction, informed the bench that on August 17, 2017, an application was sent to the Chief Minister’s Office in which allegations of rape was made against the MLA.

The application was forwarded to officers concerned in Unnao to take appropriate action, he said. To this, the bench questioned what has been done in the case and whether any arrests have been made so far. Singh replied that three of the accused have been arrested, including the MLA’s brother.

The justification

Addressing a press conference, the principal secretary home and state Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh said the MLA had not been named in the FIR till now as the girl had not mentioned his name in the statement given before the magistrate earlier.

The case was registered now that she and her family had told the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which visited them on Wednesday, that they had not done so because of fear, they said.

Refusing allegations that police was trying to shield the MLA, the officials said it was because of this that the probe was being handed over to the CBI.

Besides, the government has also decided to extend security to the family of the 17-year-old girl, they said. The officials assured that no one found guilty will be spared and added that action has already been taken against some policemen and doctors for laxity and negligence.

Docs, DSP supended  

The government suspended two senior doctors of Unnao district hospital and initiated disciplinary action against three other doctors of the jail department for dereliction in duty and negligence in attending to the rape survivor’s father, who died on Tuesday in judicial custody, TOI reported. A DSP has also been suspended for not attending to the repeated complaints of the rape survivor and her family.

(With agency inputs)

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