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Varanasi Court Acquits BSP MP Atul Rai In 2019 Rape Case

A case was registered against Rai in 2019 by a resident of Ballia district and a former student of UP College in Varanasi at the Lanka police station

Rai, who has denied the rape allegations, had been on the run since the lodging of the FIR. (Image: Facebook)
Rai, who has denied the rape allegations, had been on the run since the lodging of the FIR. (Image: Facebook)

New Delhi: Jailed BSP MP Atul Rai was acquitted by a Varanasi MP/MLA Court in connection with a rape case. Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghosi, Atul Rai is expected to be released from Naini jail soon. The BSP MP’s lawyer Anuj Yadav and the plaintiff’s lawyer ADGC Jyoti Shankar confirmed the news of his acquittal.

Notably, a case was registered against Rai in 2019 by a resident of Ballia district and a former student of UP College in Varanasi at the Lanka police station. Alleging delay in justice, the victim and her witness had set themselves on fire in front of the Supreme Court in August last year. Rai was then booked by the Hazratganj police in Lucknow for abetting the suicide of a girl and her witness outside the Supreme Court in August last year.

Earlier this month, while rejecting a bail plea of BSP MP Atul Rai, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court asked Parliament and the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take steps to remove criminals from politics and break the ‘unholy nexus’ among them, politicians and bureaucrats.

“No one can dispute that the present-day politics is caught in crime, identity, patronage, muscle and money network. The nexus between crime and politics is a serious threat to democratic values and governance based on the rule of law. Elections of Parliament and state legislature, and even for local bodies and panchayats are very expensive affairs,” the bench said.

“There is an unholy alliance between organised crime, politicians and the bureaucrats. his has resulted in a lack of trust and confidence in the administration and justice delivery system of the country,” the bench added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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