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