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Sengar found guilty of kidnapping, rape; 4 cases pending

Kuldeep S Sengar was convicted under Sections 376, 5 (C) of the IPC and POCSO after his mobile phone location served as clinching evidence

MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the party hopper who was expelled from BJP for his alleged involvement in the Unnao rape case, was convicted in the rape case today. The Tis Hazari court of Delhi gave its verdict on 16 December against Kuldeep Sengar, reprimanding the CBI at the same time for the delay in filing the charge sheet. The court held Sengar responsible for the 2017 kidnapping and rape case. The woman accused in the case, Shashi Singh, was acquitted by the court.

The court said in its order that Sengar’s sentence will be announced on 19 December. After an in-camera hearing, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma pronounced his verdict in this matter today.

While the court delivered its judgment one of the Unnao cases, four other related cases are still being heard.

The court considered the mobile phone location of MLA Sengar as important evidence. In its judgment, the court said that there was evidence that the victim was taken by Shashi Singh to the convicted MLA. Sengar was convicted under Section 376, Section 5 (c) of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The court held that Sengar had indeed raped the victim in 2017 after kidnapping her. The girl was a minor at the time. The court had framed charges against co-accused Shashi Singh as well.

Sengar, who became a fourth-time MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Bangarmau Assembly seat, was expelled from the BJP in August 2019 after the case. He had earlier been a part of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The court had on 9 August framed charges against the MLA and Singh under Sections related to criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, rape and POCSO.

The victim’s car was hit by a truck on 28 July, leaving her grievously injured. Two of the relatives of the girl were killed in the accident. Her family alleged a conspiracy in it.

The Supreme Court on 1 August transferred all the five cases registered in the Unnao rape case from the Lucknow court in Uttar Pradesh to the Delhi court. The apex court had directed that the hearing be held on a daily basis.

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