The Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the CBI to arrest BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused in the Unnao rape case.
A bench comprising Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar gave the direction to the agency after the counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government informed it that Sengar has been detained for interrogation and not arrested yet.
The court directed the CBI to carry out investigation strictly in accordance with law and to consider filing an application for cancellation of bail granted to other accused in the case.
It also directed the CBI to file a status report by May 2.
The bench passed the order on a letter written by senior advocate Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi demanding a court-monitored investigation of the incident and treated it as a PIL.
Yesterday, the court had asked the Advocate General whether the state government proposes to arrest Sengar.
Advocate General Raghvendra Singh had replied that he was not in a position to make any statement in this regard and police will proceed in accordance with the law only after recording the statement of the complainant and witnesses.
The CBI registered three separate cases in connection with the alleged rape and detained Sengar for questioning in the early hours today.
The cases pertain to the alleged rape, killing of the girl's father and a case of arms act which was slapped on her father in which he was arrested by local police.
He had subsequently died in judicial custody and the autopsy report showed serious injuries on his body.