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BJP Expels Unnao Rape-accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar Just As SC Hears Case, Hema Malini Says 'late But Welcome'

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:


  • BJP expelled its accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar from the party
  • The Supreme Court has trasferred the case from Uttar Pradesh to New Delhi
  • Supreme Court has also ordered to give compensation to the victim by the state govt

As the Supreme Court takes strict action on the Unnao Rape Case, the BJP expelled its accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar from the party. Two years after Unnao rape case and days after the accident on the victim that killed her two aunts and put her lawyer and herself in critical condition, BJP has expelled the accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar.

Earlier BJP spokesperson had said that he was suspended after the case came against him but did not release a press note on the same. Additionally, the three security guards of the victim has also been suspended on charges that they did not adhere to their security duties. Sengar is a four-time MLA from UP's Bangermau, and is accused of raping the woman, and he was arrested last year in April.  

Speaking on the development, BJP MP Hema Malini said that it is a welcoming step and UP State women commission chief said that the victim's mother is happy with CJI's steps. She added that she met the family and Yogi govt will give every help to the victim. The Congress called it as victory of people's campaign against BJP.

Supreme Court's hearing on Thursday

As the case was being heard by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, major developments were noted including the transfer of all cases to New Delhi. The CJI also raised and questioned the custodial death of the father of the Unnao rape survivor. The CJI gave 7-days deadline to the investigative agency to complete the probe.

The top court asked if the Unnao victim can be airlifted from Lucknow hospital and ordered to form panel of doctors and to inform SC till 2 PM if she and her lawyer can be airlifted. The court also pulled up on why the Unnao victim mother's letter did not reach him to which he was answered that 5000 letters come to CJI's office everyday and hence the delay. CJI Ranjan Gogoi also asked as to who was accused after the custodial death of victim's father. It ordered the UP govt to give compensation to the victim. 

READ: Unnao Case: Supreme Court transfers all 5 cases to Delhi, 7-day-deadline to CBI in accident probe

Unnao rape case:

The 17-year-old victim was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on 4 June 2017. After accusing him in April 2018, the victim had attempted to self-immolate before the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's residence.

Following that, her father was assaulted, allegedly by the rape-accused BJP MLA's brother Atul Singh Sengar. Before succumbing to his injuries, the victim's father had named Atul Singh Sengar as his assaulter in video testimony. In April 2018, a case was registered against Unnao rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar under section 363, 366, 376, 506 and Pocso Act of Indian Penal Code and was sent to jail. Sengar along with his brother Atul Singh is in jail since then. 

Rape survivor's mother's letter:

In a shocking revelation in the Unnao rape victim accident, Republic TV on Monday had accessed a letter written by the victim's mother on July 13,  to the UP Police detailing the threats she and her family are facing. She has claimed that a couple of individuals stating that they would file a counter case of bribery against the victim and her family ensuring that they will rot in jail if they do not take back the rape case filed against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The victim's mother also claims that she received continuous threats on July 7 and 8. 

READ: Unnao rape case: SC takes cognisance of survivor's letter to CJI alleging threats, to take matter up on Thursday

The accident:

On Sunday, the Unnao rape survivor, her family and lawyer were travelling when they were hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli, killing two members and leaving her and the advocate critically injured. The Uttar Pradesh police on Monday filed a murder case against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others after the rape survivor's family filed a complaint, alleging "conspiracy" behind the accident. 

READ: Unnao Rape victim and her lawyer critical after meeting with car accident in Raebareli, police investigation underway