Former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Friday was awarded life imprisonment for raping and abducting a minor girl in Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh. The politician was sentenced by a Delhi court in the case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had sought maximum punishment for Sengar, besides demanding adequate compensation for the rape survivor. A fine of Rs 25 lakh was also slapped on him. Sengar will also lose his membership to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly as a result of his sentencing because his jail term exceeds two years.
As per the court direction: i) The convict Kuldeep Singh Sengar s/o Late Kamal Singh @ Mulayam Singh hereby sentenced to undergo imprisonment for life, which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of his natural of biological life in terms of Section 376 (2) IPC; ii) The convict Kuldeep Singh Sengar s/o Late Kamal Singh @ Mulayam Singh is also sentenced to pay a fine of Rs 25,00,000 under Section 376 (2) of the IPC; iii) It is further directed that out of the fine of Rs 25,00,000 to be paid or realised from the convict Kuldeep Singh Sengar s/o Late Kamal Singh @ Mulayam Singh, a sum of Rs 10,00,000 as additional compensation, over and above Rs 25,00,000 awarded exgratia to the mother of the victim girl 'AS', shall be deposited in bank account of the victim girl 'AS' as soon as the fine is paid or realised in terms of Section 357 (1) read with Section 357 (1) (b) read with Section 357 (3) of the CrPc; iv) It is further directed that out of fine amount of Rs 25,00,000 imposed onthe convict, on payment or realization of fine, a sum of Rs 15,00,000 shall be payable to the State of UP towarsd defraying of expenses incurred in the prosecution and trial of this case as per Section 357 (1) (a) of the CrPC.
Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was found guilty by Delhi's Tis Hazari court of raping a minor girl two years ago. Tis Hazari District Judge Dharmesh Sharma had observed in the order that, "the CBI was able to prove the guilt of Kuldeep Singh Sengar beyond a reasonable doubt".
On December 17 (Tuesday), the victim`s lawyer had said that there had been various suffering in different circumstances and compensation should be given accordingly. Taking cognizance, the District Judge had asked the lawyer of the convict to submit election affidavit papers filed by his client during the 2017 elections. Through these papers, the financial status of the convict would reportedly be established.
Sengar's co-accused Shashi Singh, who allegedly took the minor to Sengar, was let out by the court. The court convicted Sengar under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 5 (c) and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which pertains to penetrative sexual assault committed against a child by a public servant.
Sengar`s lawyers had sought minimum punishment from the court, saying that Sengar was in public life for decades, and had done lots of welfare work for the upliftment of the people. "His conduct was good during custody. He has two minor daughters, does not have a prior history of crime. Please consider these facts also," the lawyer submitted before the court.
Sengar, a four-time BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh`s Bangarmau, had raped the girl at his residence in Unnao in June 2017, where she had gone seeking a job. He was arrested last year and is currently lodged in Tihar jail.