New Delhi: Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court on Friday sentenced expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and six others to 10 years imprisonment for the death of Unnao rape survivor’s father. Sengar is already serving life imprisonment for raping the minor.
While sentencing them, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma said, “There can be no denying that rule of law was broken. Sengar was a public functionary and had to maintain the rule of law. The way the crime has been committed, it does not call for leniency.”
Sengar and his brother Atul has been directed to give 10 lakh compensation to family of the victim for loss of their father. “There are four minor children involved, three girls and one boy. They have also been uprooted from native place,” the judge said.
Seven people, including Sengar, his brother and two police personnel, were held guilty for culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy, earlier this month.
The case pertains to the death of rape survivor’s father in custody on April 9, 2018. It was alleged that he was assaulted following a quarrel with some of the accused in the case.
He was taken to the police station and then framed for allegedly possessing an illegal firearm. Pursuant to this, he was sent to custodial remand, during which he died.
The case was transferred to Delhi from a trial court in Uttar Pradesh on the Supreme Court’s directions in August last year. Both the death and illegal firearm case was later clubbed by the court.
During the arguments on sentencing on March 12, Sengar had told the court that he should be “hanged and acid poured into his eyes if he has done anything wrong”.
The former MLA had also raped the daughter of the deceased in 2017 in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district and was sent to jail for “remainder of his natural biological life”, last year.