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Home / India News / High Court pulls up CBI in Unnao rape case, says unhappy with probe

High Court pulls up CBI in Unnao rape case, says unhappy with probe

The high court told the CBI that it should not wait for the directions, and that the Bureau should do whatever they can using their power.

india Updated: May 02, 2018 20:53 IST
Jitendra Sarin
Jitendra Sarin
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar reacts after being produced in a Lucknow court in connection with the Unnao rape case on  April 14, 2018.
BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar reacts after being produced in a Lucknow court in connection with the Unnao rape case on April 14, 2018. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

The Allahabad high court on Wednesday pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its work in the Unnao rape case, faulting the agency for not recording the statement of the victim.

“We are unhappy with the progress in the case. We asked for a status report just to see what you are doing. Why do you wait for our orders to proceed?” the court said.

“Do whatever you can by using your power. The court cannot direct you at every stage of investigation,” the court told the CBI’s lawyer.

The CBI took over the case from the Uttar Pradesh Police on April 12 after allegations that the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party government was shielding party lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused.

On Wednesday, the CBI filed a status report in a sealed cover before the court which fixed May 21 as the next date of hearing.

The teenage girl from Unnao had alleged Sengar, an MLA from Bangarmau, raped her at his residence on June 4 when she met him to seek his help in getting a job.

On April 3 this year, the girl’s father was allegedly assaulted by the MLA’s brother Atul Singh Sengar and his aides in Unnao, and handed over to the police after registering a trumped up case of assault against him.

The girl tried to set herself on fire in front of the residence of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on April 8, allegedly after police didn’t name Sengar in her complaint and her family was harassed.

The next day, her father died in a district hospital in Unnao under judicial custody and an autopsy report suggested that he had serious injuries before his death.

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