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SC declines protection from arrest to SP-BSP candidate in rape case

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday refused to grant protection from arrest to the SP-BSP candidate Atul Rai, who is on the run in an alleged rape case, from parliamentary constituency in

A vacation bench comprising Justices and said: "Absolutely no case," at the beginning of the hearing.

Rai's sought to bring urgency of relief to the case by emphasizing that polling is due in in the last phase of the 7-phase on May 19. The court, however, said, "It is not a case for quashing. Fight the election and this case too...Sorry, you are well aware about the procedure of quashing".

An FIR was registered against Rai on May 1 on a complaint by a college student who alleged that Rai had sexually assaulted her. Rai moved the on Tuesday seeking protection from arrest till the end of the on May 23.

Rai's told the court that an FIR was lodged after he filed nomination papers for contesting the polls on April 26 and indicated the political nature of the case.

The contended before the court that two cases of similar nature, wherein similar allegations have been leveled by the complainant, have already been resolved through compromise.

The court queried the counsel on the documents related to these cases. "You have not filed documents. We do not know what you are saying is truth or not." The court also reckoned that the counsel's attempt to give a political colour to the case is simply "vague".

The court also refused to grant any interim relief in any coercive action, a possible arrest in the case, against Rai till May 19.

Rai's counsel cited the absence of any provision of anticipatory bail in and told the court that the on May 8 dismissed his petition seeking protection, and that he is certainly exposed to arrest in the case.

He also sought protection from arrest at least till May 23, the day of declaration of election result, but the court did not relent.

The court has adjourned the plea to May 27.

Earlier, this week, had mentioned his plea as urgent, seeking anticipatory bail before the vacation bench comprising Justices and

Rai is reportedly absconding after an FIR was registered against him in a police station in by a college student on May 1.

Rai's counsel contended that it is a politically motivated case to prevent him from campaigning in the ongoing

The parliamentary constituency is located in district, eastern Uttar Pradesh, where polls are due on May 19.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 22:46 IST