New Delhi, December 16
Former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been convicted by Delhi’s Tis Hazari court over the Unnao rape and kidnapping case.
Expelled BJP leader Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been found guilty of rape and intimidation of minor in the case of kidnapping and rape of a woman in Unnao in 2017.
District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, however, acquitted co-accused Shashi Singh of all charges.
The woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor. The court has also framed charges against co-accused Shashi Singh in the case.
Sengar, a four-time BJP MLA from UP’s Bangermau, was expelled from the party in August, 2019.
The court had on August 9 framed charges against the MLA and Singh under Sections 120 b (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage), 376 (rape) and other relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
On July 28 this year, the woman who had accused Sengar was severely injured after the car in which she was travelling was hit by a truck. Two of her aunts were killed in the accident and her family had alleged foul play.
The woman’s father was allegedly framed in an illegal arms case and arrested on April 3, 2018. He died while in judicial custody a few days later, on April 9.
The local court here has framed murder and other charges against the MLA, his brother Atul and nine others in the case.
The apex court, taking cognisance of the rape survivor’s letter written to then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, had on August 1 transferred all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a Lucknow court in Uttar Pradesh to the court in Delhi with directions to hold trial on a daily basis and completing it within 45 days.