Thursday, February 22, 2024

Unnao Rape Case: Delhi High Court issues notice to CBI on interim bail plea of former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

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A notice has been issued to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the Delhi High Court in the interim bail plea of former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was sentenced to life for raping a minor girl in 2017.

BJP MLA Sengar had moved High Court seeking bail for two months on account of his daughter’s wedding scheduled in February.

A Division Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta and Poonam A Bamba have ordered CBI to verify the facts stated in Sengar bail application and file a status report in the matter when the case will be heard next on January 16, 2023.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar has sought bail from the court to attend his daughter’s marriage ceremony. Sengar’s daughter is to be married on 8 February 2023, whose program will start from 18 January.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar is serving life sentence in the Unnao rape case. The case of rape came to light in the year 2017. On 20 December 2019, Sengar was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Unnao rape case.

The Unnao rape case was a gang rape of a 17-year-old girl on 4 June 2017 in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India.

On December 16, 2019, former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted for the rape and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Later, it was also found that Sengar was found guilty in the death of the girl’s father in judicial custody.

Sengar is currently booked under two charge sheets.

The first charge was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation on 11 July 2018, accusing the former Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Uttar Pradesh, of rape. 

The second charge sheet was filed two days later accusing Sengar, his brother, three policemen and five other individuals of framing the rape survivor’s father as the perpetrator.

The survivor attempted to immolate herself at the residence of Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, on 8 April 2018. Her father died in judicial custody shortly thereafter.

These incidents brought public attention to the case, and the incident was widely reported on in the national media in April 2018.

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