Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

No Matter How Influential, Unnao Accused Won't Be Spared: Yogi Adityanath

No Matter How Influential, Unnao Accused Won't Be Spared: Yogi Adityanath

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar, main accused in the Unnao rape case, late on Friday evening after the Allahabad High Court ordered his immediate arrest saying he was influencing the "law and order machinery".

BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was sent to seven-day CBIcustody on Saturday after he was arrested over allegations of raping a teenager in Unnao past year.

The HC also said that it will monitor the case.

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The FIR has been registered under Sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to compel her into marriage), 363 (kidnapping) and 506 (criminal intimidation). He has been accused of raping a minor in Unnao in what has now become a case being closely followed by the entire country.

An FIR was registered against Sengar in Makhi police station on Thursday. "Once we procure substantial evidence, we will go ahead with the arrest of the MLA and his henchmen", disclosed a senior CBI officer engaged with the investigation.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday assured that strict action will be taken against the accused in the alleged Unnao gangrape case, no matter how influential the person is. Singh has been arrested for allegedly murdering the victim's father Pappu Singh.

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The cases pertain to the alleged rape of the girl, her father's killing and a case of arms act which was slapped on her father in which he was arrested by local police.

In February, the girl's family had moved the court, seeking to include the MLA's name in the case. The court will monitor the investigation and asked the CBI to file a status report on May 2, the next date of hearing. Earlier on Thursday, the Adityanath government had lodged a case of rape against Sengar but decided against arresting him and threw the ball in CBIs court which it said would take a call on the matter. Her father died in judicial custody the next day, nearly a week after he was reportedly thrashed by the MLA's brother and others.

A video, purportedly showing the victims father before his death, has gone viral.

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On Tuesday, the MLA's brother Atul Singh along with three others, was arrested from Unnao on the directions of the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) DGP, by the Lucknow crime branch team.

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