In an usual outcome in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Atul Rai, who is an absconder in a rape case, has emerged victorious in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghosi constituency, reports The Times of India.
Rai beat the incumbent, Harinarain Rajbhar from the BJP, to secure the seat. Even during his campaign, Rai was not to be seen, with instead his wife Priyanka Rai and brother Pavan Rai being called upon by Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav to maintain his innocence.
Rai’s family members and the BSP supremo maintain that the case against the Ghosi MP-elect is fake and goes back two years.
Superintendent of Police (City) Varanasi Dinesh Kumar stated that there was a non-bailable warrant out for Rai’s arrest and he had been denied any relief by the high court or the Supreme Court.
Rai’s plea to surrender to authorities is pending and will be heard on 28 May.