Unnao rape: Senger discharged in accident case

Unnao rape: Senger discharged in accident case
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One-liner: A Delhi court has discharged former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger and five others in the 2019 accident case of Unnao rape survivor, saying that prima facie no charges are made out against him.

No evidence: Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate discharged the accused observing that prima facie there is no evidence against the accused persons--Senger, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyanendra Singh, Rinku Singh and Awdesh Singh.

  • The court, however, ordered framing of charges against four other accused --Ashish Kumar Pal, Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh and Naveen Singh -- as there was prima facie evidence against them
  • According to the prosecution, a truck rammed into the vehicle in which the Unnao rape victim was travelling to Rae Bareli with her two aunts and lawyer in July 2019 

Need to know: While her aunts succumbed to their injuries, the rape survivor and her lawyer were grievously injured.

  • The order also noted that Sengar was in judicial custody during the period when the alleged threat was extended to the victim or her family members
  • Admittedly the case of the prosecution was that he conspired with the other accused to extend the threat to the victim or her family members and he himself had not extended any threat, the court said

Case transferred:  On Aug 1, 2019, the SC transferred the case to Delhi from a trial court in Uttar Pradesh.

Background: Besides, on Dec 20, 2019, Sengar was sentenced to jail for the remainder of his natural biological life in a separate case for raping the minor in 2017.

  • On March 4, 2020, Sengar, his brother, and five others were also convicted for the death of the rape survivor's father in judicial custody and were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment 

Source: PTI

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