The Allahabad High Court will pronounce its order on the Unnao rape case at 2 pm on Friday.
At the hearing on Thursday, it asked the counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government why the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA accused of raping a girl in Unnao district had not been arrested yet. Advocate General Raghvendra Singh, who is representing the state government, told the bench that investigators did not have enough evidence against Kuldeep Singh Sengar to arrest him yet, Firstpost reported.
The Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday filed a first information report against Sengar, charging him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The state government has handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The High Court on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of the rape case. On Wednesday, it had ordered a stay on the cremation of the body of the girl’s father, but it had already been cremated.
The teenage has accused Sengar and some of his aides of raping her in June 2017. On Sunday, she tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath’s house. Her father, who was in judicial custody since April 4 after he got into a fight with the MLA’s brother, died on Monday.
On Tuesday, the police arrested the MLA’s brother Atul Sengar and four others for assaulting the man. The autopsy report listed multiple abrasions near the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, above and below knee joints and arms, indicating that his death may have been caused by physical assault.
Late on Wednesday, Sengar, with a convoy of 20 vehicles full of supporters, went to the official residence of a senior police officer in Lucknow to claim that he had neither raped the teenager nor had a role in her father’s death.
“I just came here to prove that I have done no wrong and will be here anytime the police wants me,” he told reporters, according to the Hindustan Times. Sengar maintained that he was being framed and told the police, “When there is an arrest warrant, call me.”
Sengar said he had gone to the police to prove wrong the reports of him surrendering before the police and also those of him going into hiding.