The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR against suspended BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar and 9 others in connection with the road accident involving Unnao rape survivor. The investigating agency has also registered a case against 20 unknown people under criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and criminal intimidation.
Sengar, already in jail, and nine others were booked for murder on Monday, a day after a speeding truck hit the car in which the Unnao rape victim was travelling in Rae Bareli, killing two relatives and leaving her and a lawyer critically injured.
Meanwhile, a letter written to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) by the victim and two family members just days before the car crash, expressing a threat to their lives, has also surfaced.
“The CJI has asked the Secretary General to go through the letter written in Hindi for preparing a note of it for his perusal," a Supreme Court official told PTI.
The victim is still stated to be in critical condition and doctors at the KGMU Trauma Centre in Lucknow said the 19-year-old is still on a ventilator. On Tuesday night, her condition was described as "stable".
A National Commission for Women (NCW) team visited the victim's mother at the hospital. Her family members sat on a dharna outside the hospital, demanding parole to her uncle Mahesh Singh from jail for the last rites of his wife. Later in a court also granted him short-term bail to attend the cremation on Wednesday.
Facing flak for not acting against the accused MLA, Uttar Pradesh BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh on Tuesday said that the lawmaker has already been suspended.
"He was suspended from the party and will stay suspended. CBI inquiry in the case is underway," Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The party, however, has not given the date when this suspension took place.
Priyanka Gandhi, who is in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh for her party, tweeted, “Why do we give people like Kuldeep Sengar the strength and protection of political power and abandon their victims to battle for their lives alone.”