Unnao Rape Case: Allahabad High Court seeks details from UP govt

SP workers protest against Unnao rape incident at GPO Park in Lucknow on Tuesday

SP workers protest against Unnao rape incident at GPO Park in Lucknow on Tuesday

In a series of fast-paced developments, Allahabad High Court on Thursday came down heavily on Uttar Pradesh government over the Unnao rape case and custodial death of the victim's father and questioned whether the UP government would arrest the accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

Even the Supreme Court is also likely to hear next week a plea for CBI probe into the case.

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday filed a first information report against Sengar, charging him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Under POCSO, an accused has to be arrested immediately.

The court also appointed an amicus curiae in the matter and posted it to be heard on April 12.

"Police is not ready to register FIR of a minor rape victim. If this is the stand you are repeatedly taking, then we will be forced to observe in our order that law and order has collapsed in the state". The state had, at the same time, handed over the case to the CBI, which had detained Sengar on Friday morning for questioning. The high court has also asked for a progress report of the case by May 2, and said that Sengar should not just be detained, he should be arrested for his crimes. "The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and government officials were directly in league and under the influence of Sengar", the court said.

The bench passed the order on a letter written by senior advocate Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi demanding a court-monitored investigation of the incident and treated it as a PIL.

Meanwhile, the Centre issued a notification approving the CBI probe into the case, officials said later in the evening in New Delhi.

Sengar was arrested by the CBI on Friday.

It added that had the police taken "cognizance of the complaint to the CM and forwarded to the concerned police station at that stage, perhaps, further damage, including the death of her father would not have taken place".

Kumar dismissed allegations that police was trying to shield the MLA.

While the Uttar Pradesh police referred to the MLA as a "respectable" person, the opposition party leader Kapil Sibal took a dig at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him what message does he want to give after the case. Later, six police personnel who had been suspended for dereliction of duty were taken into custody by the investigating agency for further questioning. The second FIR is on rioting, in which four locals have been booked, and also the alleged killing of the victim's father in judicial custody. Sengar said, "When there is an arrest warrant, call me". If the MLA is allowed to remain out he will not leave my uncle.

"Why is he being shielded? He had earlier too hatched conspiracies against my kin", she said.

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