The Bahujan Samaj Party's MP, who went underground after the case was filed, had also tried to secure anticipatory bail from the Supreme Court. The allegation was levelled against him during the Lok Sabha election after which Rai went underground but still defeated his Bharatiya Janata Party rival.
After the apex court rejected Rai's bail plea, he agreed to surrender but did not do so. Since then, the police is searching for him.
According to the case filed against Rai, he took the woman to a flat and exploited her sexually. She also alleged that Rai had forced her to keep silent on the matter.
Rai had defeated then BJP sitting MP Harinarayan Rajbhar with a margin of 1,22,018 votes.