Unnao rape case: CBI detains BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

The UP government has also decided to register an FIR against Sengar and other accused

PTI, LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI: The CBI tonight arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in connection with the alleged rape of a minor girl in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

Till the agency takes over, the local police would continue with the probe, but a decision on whether the MLA would be arrested would be taken by the CBI, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said.

The victim tried to set herself ablaze outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence on Sunday, claiming inaction in the rape case that took place in 2017.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who led a midnight march yesterday in the national capital to protest the rape cases, hit out at the prime minister over his silence on violence against women and children, saying India was waiting for him to "speak up" and asked why accused rapists and murderers were "protected" by the state.

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Singh, while addressing a public meeting last night in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, had said, "The 2019 polls are going to be on the lines of Pakistan versus Bharat..."

Hours after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the case on Thursday, the agency took the lawmaker into custody early this morning for questioning.

Yogi said, "Investigation has been handed over to the CBI".

The government decision for a CBI probe came just after Sengar made an appearance at the official residence of Lucknow police chief to publicize that he had no alleged role in the rape of the teenager and death of her father.

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Another CBI team visited the hotel in Unnao where the victim is housed under police protection to take her statement. A case has been registered against Kuldeep Singh Sengar but he has not been arrested.

Sengar, a four-term MLA, enjoys huge clout cutting across party lines in the rural areas around Unnao district, a semi-urban area about 70 km from Lucknow.

BJP MLA of UP Kuldip Singh, who is being questioned by the CBI on an allegation of being responsible for the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl at Unnav in UP is facing three cases of rape and atrocities. Meanwhile, the CBI has spoken to the rape victim and some of the witnesses and family members besides visiting the crime scene. Since the murder charge was added subsequently by the state police, it does not reflect in the CBI FIR. According to the post-mortem report, he had suffered serious injuries.

An FIR was registered against Sengar in Makhi police station on Thursday.

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