Unnao MLA Kuldeep Sengar booked for Rape; CBI to take over probe

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Lucknow: BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar, accused in a rape case, outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Lucknow, April 11, 2018. PTI

Lucknow: BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar, accused in a rape case, outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Lucknow, April 11, 2018.
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The Uttar Pradesh police has registered an FIR against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in connection with the gangrape of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao district. Sengar has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Rape, and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The FIR has been registered under sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage,), 363 (kidnapping) and 506 (criminal intimidation) at the Maksi police station.

However, the MLA still continues to be free as UP government has decided to not arrest him at this stage. Late last night the Yogi Adityanath government decided to hand over the case to the CBI, which will now decide on the further course of action.

Facing heat and growing outrage over the alleged involvement of Sengar in the rape the government had also decided to register an FIR against the legislator and the other accused and hand over the investigation to the agency.

The government has also recommended a CBI probe into the death of the victim’s father allegedly in custody on Monday.

The decisions were taken after the Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted under Additional Director General of Police (Lucknow zone), to look into the matter submitted its report to the government.

The Allahabad High Court has already taken a suo motu cognisance of the matter on which the hearing will be held on Thursday. A plea was also filed in the Supreme Court demanding CBI probe in the case.

File Photo of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

File Photo of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

The district magistrate of Unnao has also submitted a report to the state government on lapses on part of the district hospital. Based on the SIT report submitted by ADG Lucknow Zone Rajeev Krishna, the state government has decided to suspend DK Dwivedi, CMS and Prashant Upadhyay, EMO.

“Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against three doctors namely Manoj Kumar (orthosurgeon), GP Sachan (surgeon) and Gaurav Agrawal (EMO) for laxity in giving proper medical care to the victim’s father, both prior to judicial custody and on referral from jail to the district hospital while in judicial custody,” said the statement.

“Circle Officer Safipur, Kunwar Bahadur Singh has been suspended for negligence in handling the repeated complaints given by the victim,” it said.

The state government has also ordered to provide adequate security to the victim and her family.

An 18-year-old woman had created flutters after she accused the BJP MLA of raping her. She tried to immolate herself in front of the CM’s residence, seeking justice. Her father was arrested and later died in custody.

(With inputs from PTI)