Lucknow: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the accused in the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao, was arrested by CBI on Friday. The development comes a day after the Uttar Pradesh government handed over the cases of alleged rape and subsequent death of her 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. The case was handed over to CBI after the Special Investigation Team submitted its report on Wednesday evening. The SIT also submitted a video that purportedly shows the girl’s father saying he was assaulted by Sengar’s brother Atul in the presence of police. On Tuesday, Sengar’s brother Atul was the fifth person arrested in connection with the brutal assault on the girl’s father that led to his death the day before.
Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh said the CBI would decide on the action against MLA on the basis of evidence. He was responding to a question regarding delay in Sengar’s arrest despite an FIR against him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Singh said the SIT would collect evidence until the CBI took over the probe.