A Delhi court acquitted Kuldeep Sengar and five others, saying prima facie charges were not made out against them. However, orders have been given to frame charges against the other four accused. Sengar is currently serving a life sentence in Tihar Jail.
New Delhi: A Delhi court has acquitted former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and five others in the 2019 accident case involving the Unnao rape victim, saying prima facie charges are not made out against them.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey acquitted the accused Sengar, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyanendra Singh, Rinku Singh and Awadhesh Singh and said there was no prima facie evidence against them.
However, the court ordered framing of charges against the other four accused – Ashish Kumar Pal, Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh and Naveen Singh, observing that there was sufficient evidence against them.
The court, in its order on Monday, said that there was no record or evidence in the chargesheet that the accused and accused Sengar, who were put on trial, had conspired together.
The court said, “Accused Ashish Kumar Pal has been booked under IPC sections 304A (negligent act causing death to any person), 338 (causing hurt by endangering life or personal safety of any person), 279 (negligent driving). It is directed to charge the accused – Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh and Naveen Singh separately under sections 506 (threat of death) and 34 (common purpose) of the IPC.
According to the prosecution, in July 2019, a truck rammed a vehicle, due to which the Unnao rape victim was on her way to Rae Bareli along with her uncle and lawyer.
The victim’s uncle was killed in this accident, while the rape victim and her lawyer were badly injured.
The court order said that Sengar was in jail in judicial custody when the alleged threat was made to the victim or her family members.
According to the prosecution, he (Sengar) conspired with other accused to threaten the victim or their family members, he himself did not threaten.
According to the Indian Express, the court said that the complainant’s wife, who died in the accident, could not be interrogated. The woman was the source of information about allegations that Sengar and other accused persons had threatened the family.
A CBI inquiry was conducted to confirm whether Sengar and the co-accused persons had threatened the family of the Unnao rape victim and pressured them to settle the matter.
The court said that “the CBI has found that the allegation has not been substantiated by any other independent evidence except the complainant, the victim and the victim’s family.”
On August 1, 2019, the Supreme Court transferred the hearing of the case from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi. On December 20, 2019, Sengar was sentenced to life imprisonment in a separate case of raping the minor in 2017.
Sengar, his brother and five others were also convicted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the judicial custodial death of the rape victim’s father on March 4, 2020.
It was alleged that Kuldeep Sengar had raped the victim on June 4, 2017. At that time the age of the victim was 17 years.
After this, in 2018, the victim threatened to set herself on fire outside the house of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow if the police did not register her complaint. After this Sengar was arrested.
Sengar, a four-time BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Bangarmau, was expelled from the party in August 2019 after the victim and her family were killed in a road accident.
She was seriously injured in a road accident on 28 July 2019 in Rae Bareli district. The victim’s car was hit by a speeding truck, in which two of her relatives were killed and her lawyer was seriously injured.
(with input from news agency language)
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