Slamming the political opponents of the BJP for raising an accusing finger at the Uttar Pradesh government for the "delay in the MLA's arrest", Singh recalled how the then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had "shielded rape-accused minister" Gayatri Prajapati.
A Central Bureau of Investigation team visited the hotel in Unnao where the victim is housed under police protection to take her statement. The state government also ordered the handing over of the twin cases of rape and the custodial death of the victim's father to the CBI.
Facing flak over the delay in taking action against his MLA in the almost year-old rape case, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier said his government would not deviate from its zero-tolerance policy on crime and that it would firmly deal with criminals, no matter how influential they might be.
Sengar's brother Atul was arrested in relation to the case on Tuesday - the fifth person to be arrested. Claiming that his government took immediate action in the case, Adityanath said, "We formed an SIT (special investigation team) soon as the matter came to our knowledge on April 9". In the interview given to The Indian Express, the victim mentioned the relationship between the two families and those incidents, and he allegedly gang-raped with her a year ago. The policemen are now being interrogated.
The Uttar Pradesh government had referred the matter to the CBI which registered the case after getting reference from the centre last night. Her father was arrested and later died in custody. Since the murder charge was added subsequently by the state police, it does not reflect in the CBI FIR. The police have registered a case against the MLA in several streams including POCSO. He also suffered 18 serious wounds as per the post mortem report.
It took CBI around six hours to arrest Sengar, who's now been charged under the stringent sexual offences law to protect children and the penal code, reported NDTV.