Unnao rape case: CBI indicts 1 IAS, 3 IPS officers for negligence of duty

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recommended action to be taken against one officer from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and three officers from the Indian Police Service (IPS) for the negligence of their duty while handling a minor’s rape case in 2017, and her father’s murder in 2018.

The former BJP MLA of Bangarmau constituency in Unnao, Kuldeep Singh Sengar was sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of rape by a Delhi court in 2018. He, along with two of his aides, is also serving a ten-year prison sentence for murdering the victim’s father.

The CBI sent a report to the Uttar Pradesh government, stating that the officers were negligent in initiating action and filing an FIR against Sengar, despite repeated attempts and complaints by the victim’s father over a period of eleven months. The indicted officers include former District Magistrate Aditi Singh, former Unnao Superintendent of Police (SP) Neha Pandey and the officer replacing her, SP Pushpanjali Singh. The CBI has also recommended that action be taken against Ashtabhuja Singh, who was the additional SP of Unnao. All these officers held influential positions of power when the incident occurred.

The then-minor’s father was assaulted by Sengar’s aides in April 2018 and was sent to jail on false charges, where he succumbed to his injuries within a week. due to lack of proper medical care while he was in judicial custody.

The Uttar Pradesh government started their investigation into this case when it drew attention to the media after the victim and the women in her family threatened to self-immolate near UP CM’s residence in Lucknow, following the death of the father.

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