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SC to hear on May 17 plea by SP-BSP alliance candidate for protection from arrest in rape case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Tuesday agreed to hear on May 17 a plea by a candidate of the SP-BSP alliance from constituency in seeking protection from arrest in a rape case lodged against him.

The matter was mentioned before a vacation bench of justices and by the appearing for petitioner Atul Rai, who is accused of raping a college student from

Rai's told the apex court that Rai was contesting the elections from constituency, where polling is scheduled to take place on May 19 in the last phase, and he should be granted protection from arrest till May 23 when the results of the will be announced.

"Registration of an FIR does not bar you for contesting the elections," the bench told Rai's

To this, the said there was no provision of anticipatory bail in and since the high court had on May 8 dismissed Rai's petition seeking protection, he may be arrested in the case.

The bench agreed to hear Rai's plea on May 17.

An FIR was registered against Rai on May 1 on a complaint by a college student who had alleged that he took her home on the pretext of meeting his wife but later assaulted her.

The SP-BSP alliance candidate, who has denied the rape charges, has been on a run since lodging of FIR.

constituency falls in Mau district of

Rai had contested the state assembly elections as a candidate from Zamania in Ghazipur.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 18:41 IST