Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Unnao rape: Alleged pressure from high-profile leaders to protect MLA

Unnao rape: Alleged pressure from high-profile leaders to protect MLA

They were charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and produced in court, which remanded them in CBI custody for two days.

Earlier today, the court sent BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the alleged accused in Unnao gang-rape case, to seven-day police custody on Saturday. The first FIR pertains to the alleged rape of the girl in which Sengar and Shashi Singh have been named as accused.

The agency arrested Sengar, the BJP MLA from Bangarmau after 16 hours of questioning at its office in Lucknow.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested one more in connection with the Kotkhai rape and murder of a minor girl case.

The girl's uncle however accused the Unnao administration of conniving to save the legislator.

After a massive public outrage over the inaction of the Uttar Pradesh police, the case was handed over to the CBI on 12 April.

The father expressed satisfaction with the probe conducted so far by the state police, while vehemently opposing the plea of senior advocate Bhim Singh and Delhi-based lawyer Anuja Kapur that the investigation be transferred to the CBI. This would be the second statement recorded by the victim. While framing charges against the three accused on August 1, 2017, investigating officer in his charge-sheet relied upon girl's statement before magistrate and medical examination report that confirmed signs of sexual violence on girl's body.

Later on Sunday, her father was picked up by the police and allegedly beaten up in custody by the MLA's brother Atul Singh and his aides, following which he died in hospital.

The CBI has registered a case on a complaint from an Assistant Commissioner, Customs (Marine and Preventive) in Mumbai regarding the bribe offered.

As criticism mounted against the state government over the case, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in Kanpur that his government had not deviated from its zero-tolerance policy on crime and will firmly deal with criminals, no matter how influential they might be.

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