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Unnao case: HC raps UP government for delay in arrest of accused MLA

IANS  |  Lucknow 

The on Thursday slammed the government for the delay in arrest of accused BJP MLA of Kuldeep Singh Sengar despite an FIR against him in a gang rape case, and said if the situation persists, it will be "forced to observe that law and order has collapsed in the state".

While hearing the case on gang rape charges against ruling party and the subsequent death of the victim's father, reserved his decision on the matter.

The judgement will be pronounced after 2.00 p.m on Friday by a bench of the and Justice

The also said that the victim had been running from pillar to post for justice for the last six months but no action was taken, and it was only after the death of her father that the police woke up.

The Chief Justice also asked as to who he was representing -- the government or the accused

Later, after the hearing resumed post lunch, Singh said there was not enough evidence against the MLA with regard to the gang rape case and assured the court that once concrete evidence was collected, action would be taken as per law.

The high court expressed its displeasure at the submission made by the and asked whether the police in all such cases gathered evidence first and then acted.

Amicus curiae G.S. Chaturvedi also presented his side after which the court reserved the judgement till Friday afternoon.

Before this, the court also asked Singh whether or not Sengar had been arrested or would he be arrested, and gave him time till 2.00 p.m to revert.

Singh, however, told the court that the had recommended the case to the CBI and that now all action would be taken by the investigative agency.

The court was also told that the first complaint by the victim's mother was lodged on June 20, 2017, after which three persons -- Avdhesh Tiwari, Shivam and Brajesh Yadav -- were charge-sheeted by the police. They were later released on bail.

The Advocate General also informed the court that on August 17, 2017, the victim petitioned the for the first time. The victim had claimed in her petition that she was raped on June 4, 2017.

He also told the court that a new FIR had been lodged in the matter after the preliminary report was filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed on the instructions of the has also been made an accused in this FIR.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:28 IST