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.
The probe has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
An FIR was lodged against Sengar under Sections 363 (punishment for kidnapping), 366 (abducting and inducing a girl), 376 (punishment for rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the victim, the Bangermau MLA raped her on June 17 last year. Her father, died in judicial custody on Monday, a week after he was allegedly thrashed by the brother and supporters of the legislator.
State Advocate General Raghvendra Singh, appearing on behalf of the UP government, said police has no evidence to arrest the accused MLA.
The court, completing the hearing, reserved its judgement for Friday at 1400 hours.
The decision to book Sengar for rape of the girl was taken late on Wednesday after the government examined an interim report submitted by the special investigation team led by ADG Lucknow Rajeev Krishna.
Besides the allegation of rape levied by the 17-year-old, the CBI would also probe the assault on her father on April 3 and his death, allegedly in judicial custody, a few days later.