New Delhi: The CBI conducted searches at the residence of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and other accused in connection with the Unnao rape victim’s accident case, officials said on Sunday.
The search operation is spread across at least 17 premises in four districts of Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow, Banda, Unnao, Fatehpur, they said.
The premises of other accused in these districts are also being searched.
Sengar, nine others and 15-20 unidentified persons were booked for murder by the CBI in the accident case.
On July 30, the car in which the victim, who has accused Sengar of raping her at his residence on June 4, 2017, was travelling was hit by an over-speeding truck in Rae Bareli.
Sengar, who is facing a probe since last year, was expelled from the BJP this week after the Uttar Pradesh government came under criticism for not providing enough security to the victim. He has been under arrest from April 2018.
Two of the victim’s aunts were killed, while she and her lawyer were critically injured in the accident. The Supreme Court has ordered the UP government to provide compensation of Rs 25 lakh, while also transferring four of the five cases related to the Unnao incident to Delhi. While the apex court initially transferred the accident case out of UP too, the order was kept in abeyance until the CBI completes its probe. The apex court on Thursday gave the CBI two weeks to complete the probe.
(With PTI inputs)