After three videos showing visitors giving money to cops outside the District Jail in Sitapur for meeting rape accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar went viral, Director General (Prisons) Anand Kumar ordered a probe to dig out the truth.
Kumar said that if the clippings were genuine, the guilty cops could be terminated from service.
“I have not seen the videos but they have come to my knowledge. We will get the matter probed and stern action will be taken. If the cops are found guilty, they will be dismissed,” the DG (Prisons) said on Friday.
In a video, a policeman just outside Sitapur jail gate can be seen being bribed by a man wearing kurta-pyjama.
The man in question, Rinku Shukla, a panchayat member of Unnao, told reporters that he was not bribing the cop to meet Sengar.
“It is my habit. I might have given money to him (policeman) for having tea as he was standing there. My intention was not to bribe him. I met Sengar inside the jail 10-15 days ago,” Shukla clarified.
Asked why he went to meet Sengar in jail, he said, “I met him because he is our MLA. I am not in the BJP.”
In another video, a motorcycle-borne man in civvies can be seen telling a visitor that there is ‘pressure’ in arranging a meeting with the MLA as the media is watching them.
Sengar’s incarceration in the Sitapur jail hogged media headlines recently when Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj paid him a visit to thank him after Lok Sabha election in June.
On his part, Sakshi Maharaj had said, “He is in jail for a long time. Sengar is one of the most popular lawmakers, so I came to thank him after the election.”
In the chargesheet filed against Sengar in July last year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked him under sections 120B, 363, 366, 376(1), 506 of Indian Penal Code and also under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The central probe agency had arrested Sengar from Lucknow in April last year.
Sengar, who was expelled from the BJP on Thursday, is lodged in Sitapur jail.