Newly elected Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) lawmaker Atul Rai, who has been accused of rape, and was on a run since a month has surrendered before the judicial magistrate’s court in Varanasi on Saturday.
The judicial magistrate remanded the MP in 14-day judicial custody and sent him to jail.An FIR was registered against Atul Rai on May 1 on a complaint by a college student who had alleged that he took her home on the pretext of meeting his wife but sexually assaulted her.
Atul Rai, who has denied the rape allegations, had been on the run since the lodging of the FIR. In a facebook post uploaded before reaching the court, Rai accused authorities of exhibiting unusual expediency in dealing with the case, unlike several other cases of similar nature against prominent personalities.
The Supreme Court had on May 27 refused to grant Atul Rai protection from arrest in the rape case while noting that 16 other criminal cases were pending against him.