Unnao: CBI ‘deliberately’ didn’t name MLA in murder case of rape survivor’s dad, court told
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New Delhi: The counsel for the Unnao rape survivor told a court here on Saturday that the CBI “deliberately” did not name expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother as accused in the murder case of the woman’s father. The submissions were made before District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who held a special hearing on a court holiday with the Delhi High Court’s permission to comply with the Supreme Court’s 45-day deadline to conclude the trial.

Appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation (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. The court reserved its order on framing of charges for August 13 in the case of alleged assault and framing of the rape survivor’s father in an Arms Act case in 2018.

Ten persons, including Sengar and his brother Atul Singh Sengar and three Uttar Pradesh police officers, have been named as accused in the CBI chargesheet.

During the day, the murder case of the survivor’s father also came up before the court. Sengar and his brother have not been named as accused by the CBI in this case. The CBI said though the chargesheet had been filed in the murder case, the probe was still going on. “It cannot be said the IO deliberately did not name the MLA and his brother Atul Singh Sengar as accused in the case and supported the accused. Evidence was collected in all fairness. There was no mala fide intention on his part,” Bhartendu said.

“Till now, the CBI did not find anything against the MLA to be a common accused. If, during the trial, the agency finds any evidence against the duo, a supplementary chargesheet will be filed,” the public prosecutor said. The counsel for the rape survivor and her family — advocates Dharmendra Mishra and Poonam Kaushik — alleged the investigating officer did not probe the case properly.

“The father was allegedly beaten up badly and due to his injuries, he died in judicial custody. The IO deliberately filed two different chargesheets — one in the case of assaulting and framing of false charges and the other in the murder case,” Mishra said.

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