Allahabad HC tears into UP state machinery

Atul Singh the MLA’s brother in custody on Tuesday

Atul Singh the MLA’s brother in custody on Tuesday

BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested on Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation from his residence in Indira Nagar in connection with the Unnao gangrape case which has ignited a pan-India political blame game.

The FIR itself came days after the Unnao girl tried to self-immolate in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's house on Sunday accusing authorities of inaction, and the death of her father in custody the next day allegedly after being beaten up by the politician's brother and their henchmen in front of policemen.

"In our opinion, arrest of the accused in the present case is necessarily required to safeguard the majesty of law and the dignity of the prosecutrix and to instill confidence that free and fair investigation shall be undertaken by the Investigating agency".

The elite probe agency has filed three separate cases into the alleged rape and incidents following it. Under POCSO, an accused has to be arrested immediately.

The government further told the court that action was taken according to the law. "The state police has been lax in carrying out the investigation so far", said Kumar.

"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", it said. Allahabad High Court directed the investigation agency to arrest Sengar after it informed the bench that the MLA was detained but not arrested.

Accused by the Opposition of maintaining silence in relation to rape cases, Mr Modi said justice will be done to the daughters of India and the guilty punished. In February, the girl's family moved court seeking to include the MLA's name in the rape case.

Sengar was arrested by the CBI on Friday.

The BJP MLA maintained that he was being framed, and told the police, "When there is an arrest warrant, call me".

In the last week, two police officers and four constables have been suspended after the victim's father, who alleged that she was raped by a BJP MLA and his accomplice a year ago, died allegedly in police custody. The government has chose to extend security to the family of the 17-year-old girl, he added.

Earlier in the day, says ADG Lucknow zone Rajeev Krishna who is heading the SIT in Unnao rape case said that the family will be provided full security.

In cases involving heinous crimes like rape against a minor, accused should have been arrested, added Chaturvedi.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath assured that strict action will be taken against the accused, no matter how influential the person is. Three doctors of the Unnao prison have also been suspended for dereliction of duty.

To recall, the victim's father was in judicial custody since April 4, after he got into a fight with the aides of the MLA's brother, Atul Sengar.

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