Unnao rape: HC calls for arrest of accused BJP MLA


His comments come a day after a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Uttar Pradesh had claimed that the Chief Minister had chose to arrest rape accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar but his decision was changed after the intervention of a "prominent person".

The BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Bengar has been charged under the stringent POCSO Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code or IPC dealing with rape.

Before being produced in the Court on Saturday, Kuldeep Singh Sengar said, "I have faith in judiciary". The court will monitor the investigation and asked the CBI to file a status report on May 2, the next date of hearing.

His lawyer, Satyendra Singh did not oppose the CBI's application, saying, "We are willing to cooperate with the CBI in the investigation".

CBI will now focus on Sengar's associates in the same case, who are on bail and will approach court today for its cancellation. Sources said then Unnao Superintendent of Police Neha Pandey and the incumbent district police chief Pushpanjali might also be questioned. Also, Sengar's judicial custody has been approved till April 28. Barely a few hours later, the CBI registered there separate FIRs and early Friday morning, they riaded Sengar's house in Indiranagar and detained him for quizzing at the CBI regional office in Lucknow. "We also referred the case to the CBI", he said.

While the HC will pronounce its order on Friday, it has taken a grim view of how police acted on the complaint made by the rape survivor.

In February, the girl's family moved court seeking to include the MLA's name in the rape case. The victim's father was arrested by police on April 5. Her father was arrested and later died in custody.

The girl has alleged that her 55-year-old father was thrashed by the lawmaker's brother Atul Singh and arrested by the police because he was determined to pursue the case.

The woman had attempted suicide outside the residence of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, triggering a massive political row over women's safety in Uttar Pradesh.

Sengar, a four-time MLA, enjoys an huge clout, cutting across party lines, in rural areas of Unnao district, a semi-urban area about 70 km from Lucknow.

In the video, the victims father alleged he was mercilessly beaten up, including with rifle butts, by the MLA's brother and others in presence of police personnel.