The National Commission for Scheduled Castes may soon send a team to UP's Banda district to get a detailed report on the rape of a minor Dalit girl allegedly by BSP MLA Purshottam Dwivedi.
The move comes after Lucknow Superintendent of Police Anil Das sent a preliminary report about the incident to the NCSC office a few days ago.
"We may soon send a team to Banda for a detailed report about the alleged incident. Depending on the contents, we may also recommend his arrest under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity Act)", NCSC chairman P L Punia said.
He said that in the absence of a national commission for OBC, the NCSC was empowered to probe atrocities on people of backward communities as well.
His comment come after the Mayawati government raised objections to the NCSC taking cognizance of the alleged rape case and blaming Punia, a former close aide of the UP chief Minister, for it.
The Commission was of the view that unless such matters are taken seriously, offenders think they can get away with the crime.
Meanwhile, the Congress in UP has alleged that despite the local court directing that an FIR be lodged in this connection, nothing has been done so far.
The opposition party on Thursday demanded the suspension of the Banda SP, alleging that an impartial inquiry by the CB-CID cannot be conducted till he was holding the post.The 17-year-old victim was allegedly raped by the BSP MLA of Nareni in Banda in December last year. After the girl threatened to file a complaint against him, he levelled charges of theft against her.