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After Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Son-in-Law of Minister in Yogi's Cabinet Booked for Conspiring to Kill Unnao Rape Victim

Arun Singh, the son-in-law of BJP MLA and MoS for Agriculture Ranvendra Singh in Yogi Adityanath's cabinet, has also been named in the FIR filed by the CBI.

Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18@qazifarazahmad

Updated:July 31, 2019, 11:59 PM IST
After Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Son-in-Law of Minister in Yogi's Cabinet Booked for Conspiring to Kill Unnao Rape Victim
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Lucknow: After BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping a woman in Unnao, was booked for conspiring to kill the victim and her family in an accident, the name of Arun Singh, who is the son-in-law of MoS for Agriculture in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet, Ranvendra Singh, has been featured in an FIR.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against 25 people in connection with the accident that took place in Raebareli killing the victim’s two aunts and critically injuring her and her lawyer.

Arun Singh’s father-in-law is the MLA from Fatehpur, the same place from where the truck which had caused the accident was also registered. The owner of the truck also hails from Fatehpur.

After being booked for being party to the plot of killing the victim, Arun Singh told CNN-News18, “I am innocent. It is a political conspiracy. Let CBI and police do the investigation. I don’t know anything about the owner of the truck and I have never met or seen the Unnao victim.”

Currently on Amarnath Yatra, Arun Singh said, "Is it a crime to be someone's son-in-law?"

"This FIR has been registered to falsely implicate me. You can take my location, conduct a Narco test, check my track record of past six months and also check my call details," Arun Singh told PTI over phone. "If you find even a remote connection, you can point fingers at me. I am absolutely confident that there is not even a remote connection of the case with me," he said.

"I am willing to fully cooperate with the CBI," he added, claiming that he has been named in the FIR owing to political rivalry with a co-accused in the car-truck collision case, Awadhesh Singh, whom he had defeated in an election for the block pramukh from Nawabganj in Unnao.

My political adversaries have been misleading the rape victim's uncle Mahesh Singh, he said.

The FIR features the names of Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Manoj Singh Sengar’s numerous aides. These include Komal Singh, who is Manoj’s friend and Naveen Singh, who is considered to be a close aide of the MLA. Gyanendra Singh, a journalist very close to MLA Sengar has also been booked. Sengar’s lawyer Awadhesh Singh has also been named. Haripal and Rinku Singh, the husband and son of Shashi Singh, who was accomplice in the rape, have been booked as well.

Minister Ranvendra Singh said that the case is already being investigated by the CBI, news agency ANI reported. "Everything will be clear in the investigation. He is my relative, there is no doubt it, but that is not a crime," he added.

After much embarrassment and pressure, the Yogi Adityanath government recommended a CBI enquiry into the matter, which got the centre’s nod on Tuesday. The victim’s family had also earlier demanded the Bureau’s investigation.

A team of 12 officers from CBI reached the accident spot in Raebareli on Wednesday for investigation in the case.

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