"Special Investigation Team took mine and the girl's mother's statements, we cooperated with them", victim's uncle told the media on Thursday evening. "The CBI will now decide whether he has to be arrested or not on the merit of the case", he said. "The SIT formed by the state police will continue its investigation and collect evidence in the case", the DGP said, vehemently denying that the government was trying to protect the MLA.
The Allahabad High Court on April 11 taken a suo motu cognisance of the matter and made a decision to take up the matter for hearing on April 12. The court also asked the counsel to clarify whether or not the government would arrest the MLA, and sought a reply after lunch.
"Circle Officer Safipur, Kunwar Bahadur Singh has been suspended for negligence in handling the repeated complaints given by the victim", it said.
An FIR will also be lodged against Sengar for conspiring to beat up the victim's father, who subsequently died in police custody on Monday, an official informed. "I don't know how much is he (Kuldeeep Singh Sengar) involved in the case, sometimes allegations are proven wrong also".
An 18-year-old woman had created flutters after she accused the BJP MLA of raping her.
The survivor's father died of his injuries in police custody on 9 April. The SIT also submitted a video of the girl's father, before his death, saying he was assaulted by the BJP MLA's brother Atul in the presence of police.
The Allahabad High Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday whether it proposes to arrest Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a lawmaker of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party accused by a minor of having gang-raped her nine months ago. The DM has confined me to a hotel room, they are not even serving me water.
Lucknow Additional Director-General of police Rajeev Krishna, who is monitoring the probe, said the SIT was working independently and there was no pressure on it.
Singh had been appointed as the new Director-General of Police of Uttar Pradesh by the Yogi Adityanath-led government in December 2017.