New Delhi, Mar 13: A Delhi Court on Friday ordered 10-year imprisonment to seven people, including expelled BJP Legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, in the custodial death of Unnao rape survivor's father.
District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma, on March 4, had held Sengar and six others guilty in culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy in a case pertaining to custodial death of the father of a minor, who was raped in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district. The minor was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Sengar in 2017. After final hearing, the court on December 20 last year had sent Sengar to jail for "remainder of his natural biological life" for raping the minor.
The survivor's father had died in police custody on April 9, 2018 and prosecution has examined about 55 prosecution witnesses and nine defence witnesses during the in-camera proceedings. On the directions of the Supreme Court, the case was transferred from Uttar Pradesh to Tis Hazari Court in Delhi last year, for trial. The trial court, after hearing framed charges against Sengar, his brother, Police Station Incharge Ashok Singh Bhadauria, Sub-Inspector Kamta Prasad, Constable Amir Khan and several others in the case.
The Court has directed the administration to provide the necessary security to witnesses as well as the woman in the case. Justice Sharma had on December 20, 2019, awarded life imprisonment to Sengar for committing rape with minor and recently disqualified from the membership of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, following his conviction in the case. Counsel for Sengar requested the Court for leniency, in view of the matter, while the Government Counsel opposed the plea of Defence . The Court further directed Sengar and his brother Atul Sengar to pay Rs 10 lakh each to the family of survivor.