CBI to withdraw sections of the POCSO Act against Kuldeep Singh Sengar

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Family of the 17-year-old rape victim on Sunday alleged that "goons" of accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar threatening villagers to keep quiet in connection with the case.

POCSO Act deals with sexual offences against persons below 18 years of age. CBI sources claimed on Monday said that a decision was taken on this score after it was found that there were discrepancies in the statements of the MLA. Hence, the CBI team will now move court to seek permission for conducting narco and polygraph test.

"The MLA was given a similar set of questions after a gap of one hour by interrogating officers".

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The arrested accused were produced before a special CBI court which remanded them in CBI custody for two days, he informed. Shashi Singh allegedly took the victim to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on the day of crime, and stood guard outside the door as the heinous crime was allegedly committed inside by the MLA and his mates.

On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court had rebuked the UP government for being tardy in arresting the prime accused, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, despite an FIR against him, warning that it may be forced to observe that the "law and order has collapsed in the state".

On Saturday morning, the CBI team probing the matter had brought the victim to Lucknow for a medical examination, which was done at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital; subsequently, the sleuths took the victim to the CBI office, where she confronted the accused.

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After a massive public outrage over the inaction of the UP police, the case was handed over to the CBI on April 12.

The three others arrested in the case were identified by the agency as Income-Tax official Pratap Das, Pranjal Sarma and financial advisor Ramesh Goenka.

The investigators were likely to take Shashi Singh, the woman accused by the victim's mother of taking her daughter to Sengar's residence, to Makhi, the victim's village.

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The father expressed satisfaction with the probe conducted so far by the state police, while vehemently opposing the plea of senior advocate Bhim Singh and Delhi-based lawyer Anuja Kapur that the investigation be transferred to the CBI.

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