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Unnao case: CBI probes if victim’s accident was staged

The family of the victim has alleged that threats from the MLA’s aides had increased after the court rejected Shashi Singh’s bail plea on July 16.

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Last Updated: Aug 05, 2019, 08.29 AM IST
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Sengar’s bail plea was rejected by the CBI trial court last December and he was still to approach High Court for it.
A key part of the ongoing CBI investigation into the accident involving the Unnao rape victim is to ascertain if it was a deliberate act of retribution on part of prime accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar after the Allahabad High Court denied bail to his co-accused 12 days before the incident.

The family of the victim has alleged that threats from the MLA’s aides had increased after the court rejected Shashi Singh’s bail plea on July 16, in a development that virtually foreclosed the chances of Sengar getting bail during the trial.

The accident on July 28 – when a truck rammed into the victim’s car – had left the rape victim and her lawyer seriously injured while two of her aunts lost their lives. The driver and the cleaner of the truck have been arrested.

The Central Bureau of Investigation questioned Sengar in prison on Saturday and raided his house on Sunday.

Sengar’s bail plea was rejected by the CBI trial court last December and he was still to approach High Court for it.

According to court records, Shashi Singh had put forward vociferous arguments to claim the rape case was “false” and that call detail records of Sengar procured by CBI showed his presence 50 kms away from his house at the time of the alleged rape.

Singh has been accused of taking the victim to Sengar’s house where the latter allegedly raped her for half-an-hour. Singh’s lawyer, however, argued that the medical report of the victim had not proven rape and she had cited two different times of the alleged crime on July 4, 2017 in two legal documents – at 2 PM in one statement to the police and at 8 PM in the FIR.

The lawyer also claimed that the victim had not mentioned the MLA in her first judicial confession and that she was 18 years of age at the time of the crime and hence the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 is not applicable. He cited three medical reports –from Unnao District hospital, RML Hospital in Lucknow and AIIMS Delhi – that said her age was above 18 years of age. “The uncle of the girl, Mahesh Singh is the author of entire episode because he was inimical to the family of the MLA,” the defence lawyer pleaded.
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