The Hush Post| 3:11 pm|one-minute-read|
Former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been sentenced to imprisonment for the remainder of his life. He has been convicted and sentenced in the 2017 Unnao rape case. He started crying after the verdict was read out.
A Delhi special court handed the sentence. It also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh which will be paid as compensation to the rape victim.
“This court does not find any mitigating circumstance. Sengar was public servant and betrayed people’s faith,” District Judge Dharmesh Sharma said while declining the plea for lenient approach in sentencing him.
The court also said the conduct of Sengar was to intimidate the rape survivor. It also directed that the rape survivor be paid an additional Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the mother of the victim.
The court found Sengar guilty of rape, and under Sections 5(c) and 6 of POCSO Act.
His co-accused, Shashi Singh, was acquitted. He was granted the benefit of doubt. The court on Monday sought a copy on Sengar’s election affidavit to ascertain his assets. This has been done to decide the compensation to be awarded to the victim.
On Tuesday, the CBI sought life sentence for Sengar for raping a minor girl. The court had called it a case of an individual’s fight against the system.
Kuldeep Sengar had raped the victim, then 17, on June 4, 2017
CBI prosecutor Ashook Bhartendu told the court: “It was basically the fight of an individual against the system. Keeping in view the kind of impact such offences have on the society, the mindset of the people, in this case the accused deserves maximum punishment.”
Sengar had raped the victim, then 17, on June 4, 2017. On April 3, 2018, her father was allegedly framed in an illegal arms case and arrested.
He died in judicial custody on April 9, 2018.
Later, on July 28 this year, a speeding truck rammed into the car in which the victim, her two aunts and their lawyer were travelling.
Her aunts were killed and the victim and her lawyer were critically injured.