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Unnao rape case: Allahabad High Court CJ tears into state advocate…

Unnao rape case: Allahabad High Court CJ tears into state advocate…

A bench comprising Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar gave the direction to the investigating agency after the counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government informed it that Sengar has been detained for interrogation and not arrested yet.

The rape victim's father had died on April 9 in judicial custody after his 18-year-old daughter accused the MLA, his brother and his aides of raping her.

Yesterday, the court had asked the Advocate General whether the state government proposes to arrest Sengar. The bench on Thursday had reserved its verdict after completing the proceedings. "The whole family is going through a mental trauma", claimed Sengar's wife and added: "Till now not even a single evidence of my husband's involvement in the rape has been produced and ironically he has already been declared a rapist", she asserted.

An FIR was lodged against Sengar under Sections 363 (punishment for kidnapping), 366 (abducting and inducing a girl), 376 (punishment for rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

A Special Investigation Team, investigating the case, had submitted its report to the government Wednesday evening. It directed CBI to carry out the investigations strictly in accordance with law and file a status report by May 2. The state had, at the same time, handed over the case to the CBI, which had detained Sengar on Friday morning for questioning.

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Hundreds of Congress workers, including women and youth, were arrested by UP police while they were protesting against the failure of UP government to arrest Sengar.

When asked when Sengar would be arrested, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar told reporters here that the CBI would take a decision on this. On April 10, the police had arrested Atul Singh, brother of the MLA, in connection with the case. Earlier today, the UP Director General of Police OP Singh, at a press conference said, "Now that the case has been given to CBI, they will decide on the arrest issue".

After the reports of supporters of Sengar clashing with mediapersons on Wednesday night, the Principal Secretary (Home) said that the government has made a decision to provide adequate security to the family of the victim and witnesses in the case. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would hear the plea which has also alleged that the rape victim's father was tortured and killed in the police custody at the behest of the "ruling party" in the state.

The legislator welcomed the decision of the UP government to conduct a CBI probe and asserted that the findings of the central agency will aquit him from all "false" charges.

The third case pertains to allegations against the victim's father, who was arrested under the Arms Act and jailed by the local police.