Court frames fresh charges against Unnao MLA Sengar

New Delhi, August 14

A Delhi court on Wednesday said Kuldeep Singh Sengar, being a legislator, has to be tried as a public servant and framed fresh charges against him for allegedly raping a minor in Unnao in 2017.

The charges framed under sections 3 and 4 (sexual assault against a child and its punishment) of the POCSO Act on August 9, were modified to Sections 5 (c) and 6 (public servant committing penetrative sexual assault against a child and its punishment) of the Act.

With the charges being modified, the offences now entail a minimum punishment of 10 years unlike under section 3 of the Act, where it was seven years. The maximum punishment for both the charges is life imprisonment.

“I find that there is prima facie case to alter the charge from section 3 and 4 of the POCSO Act against Sengar to section 5 (c) read with section 6 of the POCSO Act...,” District Judge Dharmesh Sharma said. The court also modified its charges accordingly against Sengar’s accomplice Shashi Singh. It modified the charges considering the submissions made by advocate Dharmendra Mishra and Poonam Kaushik, appearing for survivor’s mother. The submissions were supported by senior public prosecutor Ashok Bhartendu on behalf of the CBI. The court had on August 9 put on trial the MLA, expelled from the BJP.

It had said that prima facie charges were found against Sengar for allegedly conspiring with co-accused Shashi Singh to bring the girl to the legislator’s residence on the pretext of getting her a job, sexually assaulting her and threatening to harm her and her family members if she disclosed the incident to anyone.

The court also framed charges against Singh for allegedly taking her to Sengar’s house on June 4, 2017 without the consent of her parents with the knowledge that she would be subjected to rape. — PTI

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