SC to hear plea for CBI probe into UP gangrape

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2018 09:18:39



Accused BJP MLA’s wife seeks narco test of victim and also of her husband

THE Supreme Court will hear next week here a plea for CBI probe into the Unnao gangrape case allegedly involving a BJP lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh.
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 petition, filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, sought the court’s direction to the CBI to probe the alleged kidnapping and rape of a minor girl in July last year “by the BJP MLA and his companion and custodial death of her father via torture” on April 9.

Alleging that the complaint had not mentioned the name of the legislator “under political pressure” and that the state police would not carry out a “fair investigation under compulsion”, it said the matter should be handed over to the CBI for an independent investigation.

Referring to the victim’s statement, the petition also alleged that sitting BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar from Bangarmau constituency in Unnao district was the main accused in cases of the girl’s rape in July last year and custodial death of her father after her protest against the legislator.
Meanwhile, a BJP MLA accused of gangraping the young woman was defended by his wife who said both the woman and her husband should undergo a narco test.

Sangeeta Singh also told the media after meeting Director General of Police O P Singh here that her husband, Kuldeep Singh Senger, was a victim of “political conspiracy” and was innocent of the crime he is supposed to have committed.
She said the rape victim should undergo a narco test and so should her husband, an MLA from Unnao who has claimed innocence.

She said she had been told that a free and fair probe had been initiated into the entire episode that has led to the arrest of the MLA’s brother and four aides following the death of the young woman’s father in police custody. “I want justice for my husband and my family who are undergoing a lot of mental harassment,” the MLA's wife said, adding no proof had been submitted about the alleged rape. She alleged that the young woman had earlier accused another man also of rape.

Don’t cremate body of Unnao gangrape victim’s father, says HC: THE Allahabad High Court on Wednesday ordered that the body of the Unnao gangrape victim’s father should not be cremated, if already not done so.
The man had died on Monday in custody after his 18-year-old daughter had accused a BJP MLA, his brother and his aides of raping her.

A bench of Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar passed the order taking cognisance of the gangrape case in Uttar Pradesh on a letter to the court by senior lawyer Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi detailing the incident. “If the body has not been cremated, then it shall not be cremated,” the court said. Chaturvedi also demanded fair investigation in the heinous crime and later, on the death of the victim’s father.

The bench also sought the State Government’s stand on the case while slating the matter for next hearing on April 12.
It also asked the Advocate General or one of the Additional Advocate General to remain present during the course of hearing to apprise the court about the case and action being taken.