Delhi court on Friday sentenced former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life imprisonment, who was convicted for raping a woman in Unnao in 2017.
Sengar, who has been an MLA from Unnao for 17 years, was arrested last year for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old in the Uttar Pradesh district in June 2017.
The court had on August 9 framed charges against the MLA and Singh under Sections 120b (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage), 376 (rape) and other relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
On Monday, the Delhi’s Tis hazari court had convicted Sengar observing in the order that, “the CBI was able to prove the guilt of Kuldeep Singh Sengar beyond a reasonable doubt.” He was convicted under 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with Section 5 and 6 of POCSO.
On Tuesday, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma adjourned hearing in the case till Friday.
The counsel appearing for Sengar had urged the court to give minimum punishment to him, 10-year jail term, saying he had no prior criminal record.
“He had a political career without any blemish. Since 2002-till date he has been elected repeatedly as a member of the legislative assembly by the public,” advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir, appearing for Sengar, said, adding that the convict did not have a “depraved mentality”.