Unnao Rape Case: CBI court sends Shashi Singh to 4-day custody

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 16, 2018

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh state which is ruled by the Hindu nationalist BJP, for allegedly raping the 17-year-old last year. As per a report in the Times of India, the police will now match the call records of the accused and the victim and try to ascertain their locations at the time of calls. "The police officer is naming BJP leaders and asking a criminal to manage them". When an organisation organised a protest against the initial investigations into the case, two BJP ministers in the J&K cabinet joined in. BJP leader Chandra Prakash Ganga, who had resigned yesterday, told Mirror that he is satisfied with the investigation conducted by the Crime Branch in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that the state government will bring stringent new law to make death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors. Both the ministers had maintained yesterday that they had been sent by the party to Kathua to understand the ground situation. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is said to have intervened to hasten the formalities and the DoPT which works under the Prime Minister immediately issued a notification to ensure that the CBI reached the state capital on Thursday evening. Madhav was present in the meeting in which all BJP lawmakers and other party functionaries were present to take a final call on the future course of the party with its alliance partner PDP.

Mr Singh allegedly then says that if Yadav wanted to save himself, he should manage local BJP leaders.

Scenes last week of lawyers trying to stop police from entering court to file charges against the accused sparked nationwide revulsion.

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Despite criticism, Adityanath has said they won't stop.

With opposition led by Congress mounting a massive attack, BJP's image has suffered a considerable blow.

"The first FIR is related to allegations of rape on the MLA and a woman, the second is of the June 2017 event in which the teenager's family accused four people of kidnapping and raping her", it said. Madhav accused the Congress party of playing double standards.

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