Unnao case: Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar gets 10 years in prison

Delhi court sentences Sengar in murder case of Unnao rape victim's father

Sengar [File] Kuldeep Singh Sengar outside the office of the senior superintendent of police in Lucknow | PTI

Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in jail and ordered to pay Rs 10 lakh for causing the death of the Unnao rape victim's father. In February, Sengar was convicted by a court in Delhi of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of the Unnao rape victim's father in April 2018.

On Friday, district judge Dharmesh Sharma directed both Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Sengar to pay Rs 10 lakh each as compensation to the victim's family. Sengar had allegedly kidnapped and raped the Unnao rape victim in 2017 when she was a minor. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping her in December last year.

On Thursday Sengar told the court that if he has done anything wrong, he should be hanged and acid poured in his eyes. He was convicted for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the death of the Unnao rape victim's father.

Sengar, who himself argued during the hearing on quantum of sentence, claimed before District Judge Dharmesh Sharma that he has no involvement in the murder of the victim's father who died in judicial custody on April 9, 2018. "Give justice to me or else hang me, put acid in my eyes if I have done something wrong," he told the judge.

Sengar, who was convicted by the court along with seven others on March 4 in the case, denied any involvement in the death of victim's father and asserted that he has done no wrong.

On December 20 last year, Sengar was sentenced to jail for "remainder of his natural biological life" in a separate case for raping the woman in 2017 when she was a minor.

During the arguments on Thursday, the judge told Sengar that he has already been held guilty and he cannot deny his involvement as the records clearly suggested that he was on call with the police officials when the victim's father was being beaten up in custody.

Sengar said he has two daughters and requested the judge that he be let-off. "You have a family. Everyone has. You should have thought all this while committing the crime but you went on to break all the laws. Now will you say no to everything? Till when will you deny?" the judge observed.

The CBI sought maximum punishment for Sengar and others, including the two convicted policemen in the case - the then in-charge of Makhi police station Ashok Singh Bhadauria and then sub-inspector K.P. Singh.

The CBI's counsel argued that being public servants, it was the duty of these two police officers to maintain law and order but they did not fulfil their duties and did not give timely treatment to the victim's father. These police officers were involved in the conspiracy and deserve stricter punishment, the CBI counsel had told the court.

According to the CBI, on April 3, 2018, there was an altercation between the rape victim's father and one Shashi Pratap Singh. The charge-sheet filed on July 13, 2018, said the victim's father and his co-worker were returning to their village, Makhi, when they asked Shashi for a lift.

Shashi denied them the lift, triggering an altercation among them, the CBI had alleged adding that Shashi called his associates, following which Kuldeep's brother Atul Singh Sengar reached the spot along with others and beat up the woman's father and his co-worker.

The woman's father was subsequently taken to the police station by them where an FIR was lodged against him and he was arrested.

The charge-sheet said that all this while, Kuldeep Sengar was in touch with the district police superintendent and Makhi police station in-charge Ashok Singh Bhadauria. Later, he also spoke to the doctor who examined the rape victim's father.

The case was transferred to Delhi from a trial court in Uttar Pradesh on the directions of the Supreme Court on August 1 last year.

In July, 2019 a truck had rammed into the car the rape victim was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the incident. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to AIIMS in Delhi.

The victim has been provided accommodation in Delhi and is under CRPF protection. 

(With PTI inputs)

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