BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar questioned by CBI in Unnao rape case

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who has been charged with raping a teenager, is being questioned by CBI in Lucknow. The CBI has taken over the probe from the UP police and re-registered three FIRs.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2018 12:30 IST
Haider Naqvi
Haider Naqvi
Hindustan Times, Kanpur
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BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar speaks to media outside the SSP office in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the BJP lawmaker charged with raping a 17-year-old girl last year, is being questioned at the Lucknow office of the Central Bureau of Investigation after being detained early Friday morning.

Sengar was detained from a house in Lucknow’s Indira Nagar and taken to the CBI’s office in Hazratganj at around 4am. The CBI has asked the Uttar Pradesh’s special investigation team to hand over documents related to the case.

GK Goswami, IG CBI, confirmed that the BJP MLA has been called for the interrogation and is likely to be arrested.

The girl who has accused Sengar of rape and intimidation tried to kill herself at UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow on Sunday. The case sparked new headlines after her father on Monday died of injuries reportedly sustained while in police custody.

“I want strict action should be taken against him (Sengar) and he should be given severe punishment,” the rape victim told ANI on Friday.

The CBI has taken over the probe and has re-registered the three FIRs by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

“First FIR was lodged on the basis of complaint given by mother of the girl. Second FIR was against father of the girl on the basis of which he was arrested. This FIR was lodged on the basis of complaint given by one Tinku Singh. And third FIR was lodged again on the complaint of mother of girl alleging assault on father of the girl due to which he died later,” said a CBI official.

The CBI team has reached Unnao and is questioning the girl and her family members. The team will record the statements of the policemen at the Makhi police station along with the doctors who examined the rape victim’s father.

The UP government had suspended two doctors and started proceedings against three others in the case.

(With inputs from Rajesh Ahuja in New Delhi)

First Published: Apr 13, 2018 07:19 IST