Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar Found Guilty In Unnao Rape Case
A Delhi court convicted expelled Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Legislative Assembly Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Monday for raping a woman in Unnao in 2017.
The court convicted Sengar for rape under Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for offence of public servant committing penetrative sexual assault against a child.
District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, however, acquitted co-accused Shashi Singh of all charges.
The court will hear arguments on quantum of sentence on Wednesday. The offences entail maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
The woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor.
The court has also framed charges against co-accused Shashi Singh in the case. Sengar, a four-time BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh's Bangermau, was expelled from the party in August 2019.
The court had on Aug. 9 framed charges against the MLA and Singh under Sections 120 b (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage), 376 (rape) and other sections of the POCSO Act.
The trial in the high profile case was held in-camera after the Supreme Court transferred the matter from Unnao to the national capital.