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Unnao rape case: Delhi High Court grants interim bail to expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar in custodial death of survivor’s father

The High Court of Delhi on Thursday granted interim bail of two weeks to expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to attend his daughter’s wedding, scheduled to be held on February 8.
Singh is currently serving 10 years imprisonment in the case related to custodial death of Unnao rape victim’s father.

The Single-Judge Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma observed that the BJP MLA had already got interim relief from a Division Bench of the High Court in the rape case of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao and that the conditions placed on him were sufficient.

Earlier on January 16, the Division Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta and Justice Poonam A. Bamba had granted interim bail to Sengar from January 27 to February 10.

The petitioner had contended in his plea that the pre-wedding events would start from January 18 and being the only male member of the family, he had to make arrangements for the functions.

Earlier in December last year, the High Court had issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation, seeking verification of the facts stated by Sengar in his bail application.

The former BJP MLA was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court on December 20, 2019, for raping a 17-year-old girl on June 4, 2017 in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. Sengar was also directed to deposit a fine of Rs 25 lakh in the case.

Two charge sheets were filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Sengar.

First was filed on July 11, 2018, accusing the former Bharatiya Janata Party leader and the 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 perpetrator in the case.

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

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