Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Uttar Pradesh Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping an 18-year-old girl in Unnao, is learnt to have been shifted to Sitapur jail. His brother Atul Singh, who is also an accused in the case, is still lodged in the Unnao jail.
The rape victim had petitioned the Allahabad High Court to shift the ruling party MLA out of Unnao, saying she was feeling threatened. She told the court that she was satisfied with the CBI probe so far but was doubtful about the role of the police.
The victim said the jailed legislator was having a free run inside the prison and she feared for her life and the safety and security of her family.
Following this, the court directed the state government to shift Sengar out of Unnao jail to some other place.
Shashi Singh, a co-accused in the rape case who had allegedly took the victim to Sengar, has also been sent to Sitapur jail.
A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the high-profile case, took the accused legislator to Sitapur jail.
The Uttar Pradesh government had last month withdrawn the ‘Y’ category security cover to BJP MLA in the wake of the alleged rape case.
The state government had pulled back the security cover immediately after the filing of an FIR against the legislator on 12 April.
The CBI had on 13 April arrested Sengar after intense questioning for about 16 hours by a CBI team at its office on Naval Kishore Road in Lucknow.
His arrest came after the Allahabad High Court, on the same day, had ordered his immediate arrest on the grounds that Sengar was “influencing” the law and order machinery.
On 8 April, the girl had attempted suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home in Lucknow thus bringing the matter to national attention. The alleged rape had taken place in Bangarmau in 2017.
(With agency inputs)