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BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar booked, CBI to take over probe

Agencies: The Uttar Pradesh government has handed over the twin cases of the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman and the custodial death of her father in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao to the CBI even as the ruling BJP tries to distance itself from the charges against its MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The MLA was booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and POCSO at Unnao’s Makhi Police Station on Thursday morning.

The decision to handover the case to the CBI was taken late on Wednesday, hours after the BJP MLA made a dramatic appearance before the police but refused to surrender. “An FIR be lodged under appropriate sections considering the allegations of rape levied on MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and others and the investigation be handed over to CBI,” the Principal Secretary (Information) had said in an statement. “Investigation in to cross cases pertaining to incidents leading to the death of the victim’s father be also handed over to the CBI.”

The decisions were taken after the Special Investigation Team constituted under Additional Director General of Police (Lucknow zone) to look into the matter submitted its report to the government. The development came hours after the Allahabad High Court sought the Yogi Adityanath-led state government’s stand on the incident on a letter to the court by senior lawyer Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi detailing the case and posted the matter for hearing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a dramatic late night development, Sengar made a surprise appearance outside the Lucknow SSP’s residence, triggering speculation that he might surrender, but left the place without handing himself over to the police. “I came here to show to the media that I am not absconding, and I am very much in Lucknow. I am here, tell me what to do,” he told reporters.

He said, “I am a disciplined BJP worker. I am innocent. I am being implicated.” BJP MLA from Bairia in Ballia district Surendra Singh made a shocking remark while defending Sengar. He said, “Tell me who will rape a mother of three? He is being falsely implicated.” Earlier in the day, Sangeeta Sengar, the wife of the accused MLA demanded narco tests on her husband and also the 18-year-old victim, who alleged confinement by local authorities.

The Congress latched on to the case to hit out at the BJP government with party president Rahul Gandhi wondering if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would observe a fast on the alleged rape and death of the complainant’s father in custody, which he said “has shamed humanity”.

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