BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, was on Saturday sent to seven-day police custody. The CBI has also arrested Shashi Singh, who allegedly took the woman to Sengar.
The BJP MLA, who was on Friday arrested by the CBI, was produced before a Lucknow court earlier in the day where he claimed innocence and said he has ‘faith in the judiciary’, ANI reported.
The CBI also made a second arrest in the case as it took into custody Shashi Singh, the woman who allegedly took the victim to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on the day of crime.
The victim, who arrived at the CBI zonal office in the city earlier in the day, was later taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for medical examination. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance, the victim expressed her confidence in receiving justice.
Breaking his silence over the issue, PM Modi had stated that the country’s “daughters” would “definitely get justice”. “I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,” Modi told a rally in New Delhi.
The alleged rape case came into the limelight after the victim tried to immolate herself outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence last week after alleging police inaction against the BJP MLA.
WHAT IS THE UNNAO RAPE CASE ?
The case came to light last Sunday when the victim and her family tried to immolate herself outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence, alleging police inaction against the accused. The family alleged that the woman was raped by the MLA and his accomplices last year. The kin added that the family was thrashed after a complaint was filed with the police in this regard.
“I was raped. I have been running pillar to post for the last one year but no one is listening to me. I want to see all of them arrested, otherwise I will kill myself,” the victim said. She added, “I had even approached the CM to no result. When we lodged an FIR, we were threatened.”
The case worsened when the victim’s father died in judicial custody a day later.
The Uttar Pradesh government, which has been receiving flak over its handling of the issue, handed over the case of alleged rape and subsequent death of the victim’s father in judicial custody to the CBI. On Thursday, an FIR was filed against Kuldeep Singh Sengar and he was subsequently booked by the UP Police on various charges under the IPC, including rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav held the state director general of police (DGP) and Principal Secretary (Home) responsible for “shielding” the accused MLA of the ruling party. “The DGP and the Principal Secretary (Home) were shielding the accused. The entire country has seen how they were referring to him (the MLA) as ‘mananiya’ (honourable) at a press conference,” Yadav told reporters at the SP office in Lucknow.
“This government is perpetrating atrocities on the people and opposition party leaders,” he added.