The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken custody of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, BJP legislator from Bangarmau and the prime accused in the Unnao gangrape, from his Lucknow residence, early in the morning today.
Sengar, who was booked by the UP police on Thursday following nationwide furore over rape allegations levelled by a 17-year-old minor in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, was taken into custody by the CBI in the wee hours today.
Sengar, along with his accomplices, has been involved in the brutal gangrape of a 16-year-old girl.
He has been booked under IPC Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Under the laws (IPC and CrPC), the police are duty bound to arrest a person who has been charged with rape and a case registered against him. In cases of rape,
A joint team of the CBI and UP cops picked him up from an Indiranagar residence of his kin at around 4:30am. Sengar was then taken to the CBI headquarters in Hazratganj in Lucknow
The CBI's move comes a day after the Allahabad High Court came down heavily on the Yogi Adityanath government over Unno case, asking it whether it proposes to arrest the accused MLA as it does in other cases.
Reports quoting CBI sources said the agency has registered three separate cases, equivalent to three FIRs of rape, assault on the Unnao girl's father and counter assault on the MLA's aides. CBI officials, however, said the MLA has not been arrested so far.
CBI is also probing the alleged connivance of Uttar Pradesh Police on the basis of call details of Senger. The team is expected to call police officers who were in touch with him over the phone for questioning.
The team of CBI officials will look into role of officers and find out if they helped him or not.
The UP government's move to hand the three cases of alleged rape of the woman, custodial death of her father, was taken after the Special Investigation Team constituted under Additional Director General of Police (Lucknow zone) Rajeev Krishna to investigate the matter, submitted its report to the government on Wednesday evening.
Before joining the BJP in 2017, rape accused Bangarmau MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar had been with the Congress after leaving the BSP and the SP.
Meanwhile, the Unnao MLA has been claiming that the girl had been tutored to build a rape case against him following her abduction last year and family dispute over village supremacy.
Several audio and video evidences involving the girl, her uncle and rape survivor have surfaced over the past few days.