The accused in the crape ase, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was brought to AIIMS before the day's proceedings began. The expelled BJP MLA has also been booked for murder in the accident case in which the victim and her lawyer sustained serious injuries while her two aunts died.
Sengar is lodged in Tihar Jail in Delhi in the rape case and for also allegedly orchestrating a road accident in Rae Bareli last month leaving the rape victim and her lawyer seriously injured. Two of her aunts died in the incident.
The advertisement also has pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and Uttar Pradesh Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit, besides Sengar’s wife Sangeeta Singh, who is the chairman of the zila panchayat.
Appearing for the CBI, Senior Public Prosecutor Ashok Bhartendu denied the allegation and said the investigation officer collected the evidence in the case in all “fairness” and there was no “mala fide” intention on his part.
While reading out the charges under sections of IPC and POCSO Act, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma asked the accused whether they pleaded guilty to the charges or claimed trial, to which they claimed trial in the matter.
Sources in the CBI said the accused were questioned about their association with the MLA and their whereabouts two days before the accident in Rae Bareli. The CBI is currently scanning call records of all the accused to verify their claims.