The CBI officials confirmed that he has not been arrested so far. During that time, his brother Atul Singh was arrested for a brutal assault on the girl's father, who was not just arrested with severe wounds on his body but died last week in police custody. The CBI also spoke to senior doctors at the district hospital and were closeted with pharmacist NK Singh and chief medical superintendent DK Dwivedi for more than hour.
The state government had formed a special investigation team led by Additional Director General of Police Lucknow Zone Rajeev Krishna, which filed its report to government following which cases were lodged against accused MLA under POSCO act and other relevant section of IPC on April 11.
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The arrest of Senger comes a day after Uttar Pradesh police virtually gave a clean chit to the MLA despite booking him for rape saying that there was not "enough evidence" against him. Earlier in the day, the Allahabad High Court's bench comprising of Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar had directed the CBI to arrest Sengar. Murder charges could be added in the course of the investigation, he added. Subsequently, the victim's father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 and put in jail on April 5.
The Allahabad High Court took up suo motu cognisance of the case on Wednesday and on Thursday took a strong notice of the delay in the accused MLA's arrest.
The final report can either be a closure report or a chargesheet.
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But the MLA alleges that the girl had been tutored to build a rape case against him following a family dispute over village supremacy, and her abduction previous year and that the survivor and her kin pressed for his arrest for fear of destruction of evidence.
In February, the girl's family moved court seeking to include the MLA's name in the rape case.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that state government will continue its zero tolerance policy against corruption and crime.
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A video of the girl's father Pappu Singh prior to his death had gone viral and was also aired by several news channels.