The CBI booked BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar along with 10 others today (Wednesday, July 31) on charges of attempt to murder in the accident case of the Unnao rape victim, reported PTI.
Sengar, who has already been chargesheeted by CBI for rape, is already in jail after being arrested on April 13 last year. The case has, however, not made any progress in the court and there is no judge to hear it, reported NDTV.
In the present case, the car in which the rape victim, her family and lawyer were travelling on Sunday, July 28, was rammed by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli, killing two members and leaving her and the advocate critically injured.
The CBI was handed over the case yesterday by the Centre upon the recommendation from the Yogi Adiyanath-led UP government after it came under heavy criticism for failing to provide security to the woman.
On Monday, the UP Police had filed a murder case against Sengar and nine others after the rape survivor’s family filed a complaint, alleging a “conspiracy” behind the accident.
The woman’s father had died in judicial custody in 2018.
CJI to take up Unnao rape victim’s letter tomorrow
A few days before Sunday’s accident, the woman and two of her relatives had written to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi claiming threat to their lives.
The Supreme Court will take up the Unnao rape victim’s letter to CJI Ranjan Gogoi apprehending threat to her life tomorrow, Thursday, Aug 1.
The court has also sought a report from its secretary-general as to why the letter was not placed before the CJI.
The direction came when Senior Advocate V Giri who is assisting the court in POCSO cases sought urgent listing of the Unnao matter.
“Unfortunately, the letter is yet to see the light of the day and yet the newspapers flashed it as if I have read the letter,” Justice Gogoi said today, news agency PTI reported.
The CJI had asked the Supreme Court Secretary-General to prepare a report for him on the woman’s letter.
The bench has also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report in the case and also sought a medical report of the victim.
The victim’s letter to authorities, including the CJI, states that on July 7 some people allegedly associated with the rape accused MLA had threatened her family with dire consequences. It also sought directions for registration of an FIR against those who had intimidated them. The girl and her family had alleged intense pressure to withdraw the case.
Citing similar concerns, her mother’s plea in the SC prayed the court to transfer the cases to Delhi, saying her remaining children would become orphans if something happens to her too. Two of the four cases relate to the alleged rape incident while the third relates to the death of her husband.
Unnao SP Madhawa Prasad Verma said, “As many as 25 complainants were made by the woman and her family since July last year. In most complaints, allegations were made against the MLA, his family and his associates for threatening them. As per police station records, enquiries were conducted on the complaints and the allegations were not found to be true.”
BJP tries to distance itself from MLA Sengar
Meanwhile, the BJP, under fire for not taking action against the MLA, disowned him on Tuesday, saying he was suspended from BJP last year, but failed to present facts to prove it.
UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh said that action had been taken against the four-time MLA after his arrest in April, 2018. “As state BJP president, I confirm Sengar was suspended last year. Also, the Y-category security cover provided to him was immediately withdrawn. The government is providing all help to the family of the injured,” Singh told TOI.
He, however, failed to produce proof or provide the date of suspension. He also failed to justify why the suspended BJP leader’s wife Sangeeta Sengar shared the dais with CM Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Unnao during the Lok Sabha poll campaign.
He refused to answer a pointed query on BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj’s high-profile visit to Sitapur jail to thank Sengar for his support after his poll victory.