CBI takes Kuldeep Singh Sengar into custody – April 13, 2018
Unnao rape case causes nationwide anger
In the early hours of Friday, the CBI picked up Bangarmau BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and took him into custody. Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had chastised the UP government, led by CM Yogi Adityanath, and questioned the delay in arresting the accused MLA. The Unnao rape case, in which the BJP MLA is an accused, has caused nationwide anger. Many political leaders, cutting across political parties, have criticised the UP Police and administration for failing to register a case promptly and delaying the arrest of the accused MLA.
According to sources, the MLA was picked up from his residence at around 4:30 am by a joint team of CBI and UP Police. The CBI has taken Sengar to its headquarters at Hazratganj in Lucknow. As per CBI sources, three separate cases (equivalent to three FIRs) of rape, assault on the father of the rape victim, and counter assault on the MLA’s supporters have been registered by the agency.
The MLA has repeatedly claimed his innocence in the rape case. He has alleged that the girl has made false claims against him under family pressure. He claims that a dispute over supremacy in the village is at the center of these false claims. Meanwhile, his family claimed that the MLA intended to go to Varanasi for religious reasons before the CBI picked him up.