On Saturday, a Delhi Court upheld the investigation conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in which the Bureau has ruled out any foul play on the part of former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape survivor’s accident in 2019.
In 2019, in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli, an overspeeding truck had hit the car in which the rape survivor, her family, and lawyer were traveling. The accident killed two of the survivor’s aunts and left her and the advocate critically injured.
Following the incident, a murder case was filed against Sengar who has been convicted for the rape of the survivor when she was a minor, and nine other people based on the complaint of the survivor’s family alleging ‘conspiracy’ behind the accident.
District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma held that there the CBI findings which concluded that Sengar was not related to the accident in any way are plausible and there is no reason to not uphold it.
However, charges have been framed against the truck driver for causing death by negligence and doing an act to endanger human life.
Since December 2019, Sengar is serving in jail for the ‘remainder of his natural biological life’ for rape under the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for an offense by a public servant committing penetrative sexual assault against a child. Sengar had kidnapped the survivor and raped her when she was a minor in 2017.
Along with that, in March 2020, Sengar and 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, NDTV reported.
Sengar was convicted after more than two years from when the rape survivor had filed an FIR. The state police and the Yogi government had paid no heed to the pleas of the survivor and it was only when she along with her family tried self immolate outside UP CM Adityanath’s residence in 2018, that the matter came to the national limelight.
From the time the rape case came to light to Sengar’s conviction, former BJP MLA and his men continued harassing the survivor’s family to withdraw the case. Her father was arrested on false charges and killed in custody.