Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the Rae Bareli mishap case questioned rape accused and now expelled BJP legsilator Kuleep Singh Sengar in Sitapur District Jail on Saturday.
The CBI may now apply for custodial remand of Sengar and other named accused and amygot for their polygraph or narco analysis test.
Interestingly, on Saturday, the Unnao district administration, which had earlier dismissed the issue of cancellation of Sengar’s three arms licences saying it needed judicial formalities, cancelled all three licences.
As per reports, a three-member CBI team visited Sitapur District Jail and questioned the Bangermau MLA for several hours.
Another four-member CBI team visited the native village of the rape survivor in Unnao on Saturday.
According to the police station in-charge, Naradmuni, the team was in the village for hours and returned to Lucknow after conducting investigations. No one from the victim’s family was present in the village at the time of the CBI team’s visit, he said.
Earlier on Friday, the CBI had questioned the Unnao rape survivor’s uncle Mahesh Singh in the Rae Bareli prison.
Later in the night, the Rae Bareli administration, in compliance with a Supreme Court directive, shifted Mahesh Singh to Tihar jail in Delhi.
Singh is serving a 10-year sentence in a two-decade-old case filed by Sengar’s brother Atul Singh.
In Rae Bareli, the CBI team probing the accident which left the rape survivor critically injured, recreated the sequence of events. It also grilled the driver and cleaner of the truck which had rammed into the survivor’s car on July 28. The CBI has sought custodial remand of both the driver and the cleaner.
After apex court’s direction of time-bound action, the Unnao district authorities on Friday cancelled Sengar’s licences for a single-barrel gun, a rifle and a revolver, 15 months after he was arrested on April 13, 2018.
Meanwhile, the condition of the 19-year-old victim remained critical but stable. Doctors treating her at the KGMU Trauma Centre in Lucknow said that she developed pneumonia and her condition remained critical and was still on ventilator.
However, the rape victim’s lawyer was taken off the ventilator but was still not out of danger. Both were being monitored round-the-clock.
As per the Supreme Court order, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have taken over the security of the victim and her lawyer. The CRPF personnel are deployed at the entry gate of Critical Care Unit on the third floor of Trauma Centre. Entry has been restricted and only family members and doctors are being allowed inside.
A team of CBI officials,, including women officials, also visited the Trauma Centre to speak to the victim’s family members on Friday and Saturday.