Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to hand over the cases of alleged Unnao gangrape case and the subsequent death of her father in judicial custody to the CBI after the Special Investigation Team submitted its report on Wednesday evening. The Yogi Adityanath-led government, which has drawn flak from all quarters over the case, has also asked police to lodge an FIR against accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and others. 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 BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar made a midnight visit to SSP Lucknow on Wednesday as pressure mounted for his arrest over the allegations that he raped a teenager last year and that his brother fatally assaulted the girl’s father to force the family to withdraw the case. But instead of arresting him, as media reports suggested prior to his visit, a policeman at the office of the senior superintendent told Sengar that he will be contacted if needed.
“When there is an arrest warrant, call me,” Sengar was heard telling the police, minutes after he insisted to reporters that he was being framed.“I just came here to prove that I have done no wrong and would be here anytime the police wants me,” he told reporters as he was leaving.
The rape and the father’s death triggered widespread anger and strong criticism of the Bharatiya Janata Party state government led by Yogi Adityanath, who held a meeting with party boss Amit Shah in Lucknow hours earlier.Late evening, a special team of state police also submitted a report.