Unnao rape case: BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar arrested after HC order

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His lawyer, Satyendra Singh did not oppose the CBI's application, saying, "We are willing to cooperate with the CBI in the investigation". On his part, Sengar remained defiant in claiming his innocence and even told Zee News that he would quit politics if charges against him were proven. He was questioned for 15 hours following his detention on Friday.

"The matter was referred to the CBI by the state government and the CBI has detained the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for questioning", she said.

After initially dragging its feet in taking action against the legislator, Chief Minister Aditynath ordered a probe by ADG (Lucknow), a special investigation team was onstituted along with a judicial probe ordered by the Unnao district administration.

The victim had alleged that on June 4, 2017, she was raped by the MLA at his residence, when she had gone to meet him, along with a relative, seeking a job.

The first FIR pertains to the alleged rape of the girl in which Sengar and Shashi Singh have been named as accused.

"What is disturbing... is that the father of the prosecutrix, for no reason, came to be arrested and was in custody, where, we are informed, he was mercilessly beaten and succumbed to injuries", said the court. The HC ordered the state government to immediately arrest Sengar. It also recorded the statement of the victim in Unnao.

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She has also alleged that while the MLA was raping her daughter, Shashi Singh stood outside the room as a guard.

A Central Bureau of Investigation team visited the hotel in Unnao where the victim is housed under police protection to take her statement. Sengar, who was arrested on Friday was produced before the Lucknow court on Saturday evening.

While in an address to media CM Yogi had said that accused MLA will be arrested and law and punishment is for everyone equally.

"The two BJP ministers were misled by a few people", Bharatiya Janata Party MP and spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told the media here.

The high court's observations yesterday revealed "how a chief minister can become deaf, blind and mute to a heinous crime like rape, the custodial death of the victim's father and the continuous loud cries of the victim's family", he said.

The gangrape of the minor girl took a dramatic turn after the Allahabad High Court rapped Uttar Pradesh government for delaying the arrest of the accused.

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