Unnao Rape Case: Expelled-BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar Convicted By Delhi Court For Abducting, Sexually Assaulting Minor

Unnao Rape Case: Expelled-BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar Convicted By Delhi Court For Abducting, Sexually Assaulting MinorRape accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar (PTI)

Former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh has been convicted on Monday (16 December) by Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court for abducting and raping a minor girl in 2017.

However, the court has set the hearing date to decide the quantum of punishment on 19 December. Another accused in the matter, Shashi Singh has been acquitted by the court.

Sengar was found guilty under Section 376 of the IPC, and sections 5C and 6 of the Pocso Act.

The judgment was based on mobile phone record evidence -- the movement of accused Sengar was not in sync with that of the cell phone, the distance was 14 km from Makhi to Unnao.

Presently incarcerated in Delhi's Tihar jail, Sengar was the prime accused in the rape of a minor girl and the Tis Hazari court had already framed charges against him in August 2019, following which the four-time MLA was expelled from the BJP.

A charge sheet was filed against Sengar by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 3 October which reported that the victim had been kidnapped and raped by three persons at different locations over a course of nine consecutive days in 2017.

It should be noted that district judge Dharmesh Sharma has been hearing the case on a day-to-day basis since 5 August when the case was moved from Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow city to Delhi after Supreme Court’s intervention.