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Unnao rape case: CBI gets seven-day custody of accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, victim undergoes medical examination

Accused of raping a 17-year-old and conspiring to kill her father, who died of injuries he sustained while beaten brutally in police custody, Sengar was arrested by the CBI on Friday. 

Published: 14th April 2018 08:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2018 08:56 PM   |  A+A-

BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested on Friday. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Unnao rape case accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was remanded to CBI on seven-day police custody by a local court on Saturday. Sengar, arrested by the CBI in compliance with the directives of Allahabad High Court on late Friday evening, was produced in the local district and sessions court on Saturday after an interrogation of over 36 hours by the sleuths of the central probe agency.

The CBI had detained the accused MLA in an early Friday morning swoop down at his Lucknow residence immediately after taking over the investigation into the case which had led to a nationwide uproar.

The remand period of the accused MLA began from 6 pm on Saturday and would end at 10 am on April 21 when he will again be produced in the court.  The court permitted the accused to have legal advice from his lawyer for 15 minutes on each remand day at either 10 am or 6 pm. 

Earlier, Sengar was produced before the remand magistrate under tight security. While being brought to the court, the MLA told the media persons present that he had faith in God. “Bhagwan par bharosa hai,” he said as he was whisked away by the CBI sleuths.

CBI Investigating Officer (IO) Deputy Superintendent  RR Tripathi brought the accused to the court at around 3.30 p.m.  Since it was a holiday on Saturday, there was only one remand magistrate -- additional chief judicial magistrate Sunil Kumar  -- to hear the CBI plea. 

While producing the papers for remand, the IO also moved an application seeking 10-day police custody remand of the accused. In the application, CBI stated that the accused was a ruling party MLA and had been a very powerful politician. He is likely to tamper with oral and documentary evidence related to the case. The IO further submitted in the application that under given circumstances and in view of the need of investigation, the accused and co-accused were required to be cross-examined face-to-face to corroborate the veracity of charges.

The IO also stated that CBI wanted to recover evidence including clothes which were material pieces of evidence in the case. During the remand proceedings, Sengar’s lawyer Satyendra Singh along with his junior team was present in the court but kept silent. 

The court pronounced the order allowing CBI’s application for police remand of Sengar for seven days instead of ten days. In its order, the court granted remand of the accused under Section 363, 366, 376 and  506 of IPC and Section 3/4 of the POCSO Act. 

While leaving the court, Sengar appealed the media to show the truth in the case.

However, another CBI team went to Unnao to take Sengar’s co-accused Shashi Singh into its custody on Saturday. Shashi Singh has been named in the first FIR lodged by the probe agency against the MLA in rape case. She is charged with escorting the victim to MLA’s place on the fateful day.

Meanwhile, the rape victim and her family were brought to Lucknow CBI office on Saturday. In a detour from the CBI headquarters where she was to be produced, the victim was first taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the state capital for her medico-legal examination. 

Under tight police and CBI protection, a gynaecologist from Lohia hospital conducted the age determination test on the victim who was accompanied by five of her family members. While her mother accompanied her inside the hospital, others waited on premises. 

However, while talking to media persons on hospital premises, victim’s uncle Mahesh Singh said that now the family was hopeful of justice especially after getting assurances from PM Modi and CM Yogi Adityaanth. “After announcements from Prime Minister Modi that justice will be meted out to us, we are hopeful that law will prevail,” he said adding that had the government acted in time, the life of his brother (victim’s father) could have been saved.



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