Unnao Rape Case: CBI arrests BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

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The court was told by the Advocate General that three of the accused in the case were arrested, including the MLA's brother, but any further action would depend on statements of the complainant and witnesses. Her father, died in judicial custody on Monday, a week after he was allegedly thrashed by the brother and supporters of the legislator.

The division bench, comprising chief justice DB Bhosle and Justice Sunit Kumar, directed the probe agency to submit a comprehensive progress report of the case to the court on May 2. In its decision today, the Court has put the victim's father's cremation on hold as it will hear the matter on Thursday i.e. April 12, 2018.

Strong reactions came from opposition parties, who demanded immediate arrest of the MLA, with senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence over the Unnao rape case. The case had grabbed political eyeballs across the country, as people were questioning the centre and Yogi Adityanath's government's position in the case.

While at the hearing on Thursday, it asked the counsel representing the Uttar Pradesh government why the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, who was accused of raping the minor girl, had not yet been arrested.

Acting on this information, the court directed the CBI to investigate the case strictly and consider the filing of an application for cancellation of bail granted to other accused in the rape case.

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Taking suo motu cognisance of the letter, the court admitted it as a PIL.

"In the FIR lodged a year ago in connection with rape, the CBI may further investigate the case or reopen it", the court said. The state government also ordered the handing over of the twin cases of rape and the custodial death of the victim's father to the CBI. "The SIT formed by the state police will continue its investigation and collect evidence in the case", the DGP said, vehemently denying that the government was trying to protect the MLA. The court also questioned the role of police and the way they handled everything in this case. I believe the CBI would have arrested the MLA also.

In spite of the SIT report, you are repeating that we can only take any action after further investigation, if this is the conduct of the police in state, whom will a victim approach to register a complaint. He has been charged under the stringent POCSO Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code that deals with rape, which are sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The Unnao rape case came into light when the survivor attempted suicide outside UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Lucknow residence on Sunday demanding justice.

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