Awadhpal surrenders in rape case, gets interim bail

A Special court in Etah on Thursday granted interim bail to former BSP minister Awadhpal Singh Yadav after he surrendered in a rape case that was lodged in October.

Special Judge Chandra Bhan Singh fixed January 7 as the next date for hearing.

District government counsel Rajendra Sharma said Yadav was released after he furnished a personal bond and two sureties of Rs 20,000 each. Awadhpal's lawyer Yadhuveer Singh Chauhan said in the morning that the former minister surrendered in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate and applied for bail. When the court rejected it, they moved another bail application in the sessions court, which granted him interim bail on medical grounds.

"We told the court that he is a heart patient," said Chauhan. He said Awadhpal's brother Chandra Pratap Singh, who is also an accused, had been granted interim bail on Tuesday. Chandra Pratap is a BSP MLC.

Man 'rapes' niece

Police on Thursday arrested a NP Singh, 28, for allegedly raping his 17-year-old niece repeatedly over two years. An FIR has been lodged against Singh, a resident of Behsa village in Sarojini Nagar area of Lucknow, under section 376, IPC. According to the police, the girl went missing from her house on December 13. She left a note accusing Singh of sexually assaulting her.

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