Hours after the detention of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, prime accused in the Unnao rape case, his party member Meenakshi Lekhi addressed a press conference on Friday and accused the Congress party of trying to gain political mileage from the issue. She also said that it’s a strategy of the opposition to fix the blame of state issues on the Centre. Earlier in the day, Kuldeep Sengar was arrested by CBI under Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Sections 363, 366, 376 and 506 of IPC.
While talking to media persons, BJP MP and Supreme Court lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi said, “You see their (Congress) plan. First, they shouted ‘minority minority’, then ‘Dalit Dalit’ and now they are shouting ‘women women’. After that, they have been trying to somehow fix the blame of state issues on the Centre. They are doing all this while ignoring the strict action that is being taken by the state governments.”
Elsewhere, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi also assured the public that action is being taken by the state government. “Also, we are contemplating an amendment in law which awards death penalty to rapists of minors below 12 years of age,” she added.
Earlier in the day, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the prime accused in the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao, was detained by CBI. The BJP lawmaker was picked up for questioning a day after Uttar Pradesh government handed over the rape case to CBI. According to a report, the CBI registered three cases against BJP MLA Sengar. On Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh Police had filed two FIRs under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the BJP MLA Sengar.
The Allahabad High Court, which took the suo motu cognisance of the Unnao rape case, is expected to pronounce its order in the case on Friday, April 13. When asked about why MLA had not been arrested even after the FIRs were registered, the UP government replied that they did not have enough time to gather evidence against the BJP MLA. Meanwhile, the CBI, which is on a thorough probe into the matter had questioned Sengar’s family members and his associates. “We ourselves had demanded a CBI inquiry. This morning CBI came & asked us to come to the CBI headquarters as they wanted to talk, ” Prakhar Singh, the relative of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar said.
The matter came to light when the victim tried to commit suicide in front of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence. Later the matter took another turn when the father of the victim died in police custody. The family alleged that he was killed by Sengar and his associates.