The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday night filed three separate cases against Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA accused of raping a teenager from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district in June 2017. The investigating agency detained the MLA and his brother for questioning after it took over the case, NDTV reported.
The BJP MLA has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code. On Wednesday, the state government had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to take over the inquiry into the alleged rape and the death of the girl’s father in judicial custody.
Earlier in the day, the Uttar Pradesh Police filed an FIR against Sengar on the orders of the state government.
While the teenager alleged that Sengar and his aides raped her almost a year ago, the case came back into the spotlight after she attempted suicide outside Chief Minister Adityanath’s house on Sunday.
Her father, who was in judicial custody since April 4 after he got into a fight with the MLA’s brother Atul Sengar, died on Monday. His postmortem listed multiple abrasions near the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, above and below knee joints and arms – indicating that his death may have been caused by a physical assault. The cause of death was listed as “septicaemia” and “perforation of colon”.
By Wednesday, the Supreme Court and the Allahabad High Court had taken note of the incident and the lack of action against the accused. At a hearing on Thursday, the High Court pulled up the state government for not arresting Sengar.