New Delhi, January 15: Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Wednesday moved a plea before the Delhi High Court against the life imprisonment slapped on him in the Unnao rape case. Sengar, who represented the Bangarmau constituency in Uttar Pradesh assembly till his conviction, was awarded the rigorous punishment by a special court last month. Verdict Issued by Delhi's Tis Hazari Court in Unnao Rape Case.
The Tis Hazari court in Delhi, in its order issued on December 20, convicted Sengar under Indian Penal Code sections related to rape and provisions of the Prevention of Children From Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). “The convict Kuldeep Singh Sengar is hereby sentenced to undergo imprisonment for life, which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of his natural biological life in terms of Section 376 (2) Indian Penal Code,” said the court order.
The case against Sengar and his associates was filed a by an Unnao girl, who alleged that was illegally confined and raped by the ex-BJP MLA and aides in June 2017. The charges under POCSO were levelled against the accused as the victim was 17-year-old when she was subjected to the brutal sexual assault.
Update by ANI
Unnao rape case: Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has approached Delhi High Court challenging his conviction by the trial court. He has also challenged the Court's judgement which awarded him life imprisonment. pic.twitter.com/lup22S7sZd
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Sengar was suspended by the BJP earlier this year, after the prosecution advanced the chargesheet against him. The case had drawn flak towards the Yogi Adityanath government in UP as the Opposition had accused the ruling regime of attempting to suppress the matter.
Sengar, apart from being convicted in the rape case, also faces charges of being involved in the "murder" of victim's father. The latter had died under mysterious circumstances after he was detained by the police. The rape victim recently lost her aunt and lawyer in a road accident in Raebareli, which is being linked by her counsel to the rape case whose verdict was issued last month.