New Delhi | 2 Aug 2019 | lrb.munda – Get In Lamka
Faced with massive public outrage across the nation, the BJP on Thursday expelled its jailed Uttar Pradesh lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar, accused of raping a minor girl from Unnao two years ago and killing two members of her family, party sources said.
The action against the four-time MLA comes after the young woman — who has accused Sengar of raping her at his residence in 2017 when she was a minor — and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed on Sunday when their car was hit by a speeding truck in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district.
The family alleges the accident was an attempt to eliminate her and the family.
There has been raging public anger since the incident with major political parties coming down hard on the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh and asking for accountability.
On Tuesday, the Centre handed the case to the CBI on the recommendation of the Uttar Pradesh government.
The CBI has booked 10 people for murder, including Sengar, who is already in jail on charges of raping the Unnao woman.
Sengar, who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested on April 13 last year in connection with the rape case.
The condition of the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer, who were admitted to the King George Medical University in Lucknow, is stable but both are on ventilator support, doctors said.
Three security personnel tasked with protecting the rape survivor were suspended on Thursday on charges of dereliction of duty, police in Unnao said
Unnao rape: SC directs transfer of cases to Delhi; orders Rs 25L compensation to survivor
The Supreme Court Thursday directed the transfer of all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in the national capital.
The apex court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as an interim compensation.
Besides, it directed the CBI to complete within seven days the investigation of the fifth case relating to the last Sunday’s accident in which the woman and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi made it clear that the agency can only seek extension of additional seven days time for probe in the accident case and that too in exceptional circumstances.
The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, directed that the trial in the main case relating to the rape of the survivor will have to be completed within 45 days from its commencement.
The top court said that the name of the presiding judge for the trial of the cases will be decided after an in-chamber consultation.
The apex court said it was passing an exparte order without the representation of the accused persons to ensure expeditious investigation and trial in the cases keeping in view the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.
The bench said it will not entertain any plea seeking to vacate or alter the order passed today.
The apex court directed that the survivor, her mother and other members of the family will be provided security by the CRPF and an officer of the level of commandant will file a compliance report forthwith.
The court also took note of the oral instructions received by the CBI from the doctors of the King George Medical College Hospital that both the survivor and her lawyer are in a condition to be airlifted to AIIMS, New Delhi.
It will however pass the order in this regard after receiving instruction from their family members.
The court will hear the case again on Friday during which it will also hear a plea moved on behalf of Mahesh Singh, the survivor’s uncle who has been lodged in a jail in Rae Bareilly, to be shifted to a jail in the capital.
Singh’s wife was also in the ill fated car and had died in the accident.
He participated in her cremation on Wednesday after the Allahabad High Court granted him parole for a day.
CBI, which has taken over the investigation into Sunday’s road accident, booked 10 people for murder, including BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is already in jail, charged with the rape of the Unnao woman when she was a minor in 2017.
SC decision in Unnao case stamp on UP govt’s failure: Priyanka
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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday said the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Unnao rape case is a “stamp” on the prevailing “jungle raj” in Uttar Pradesh and the state government’s failure.
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a slew of instructions in the case, including directing the transfer of all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in the national capital.
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a stamp on the prevailing jungle raj in Uttar Pradesh and the state government’s failure,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
“The BJP has finally acknowledged that it had given protection to a criminal and by expelling him it has taken at least one step to correct its mistake,” she said.
Facing public outrage and the opposition’s attack on the issue, the BJP expelled MLA Kuldeep Sengar (Unnao rape accused) from the party.
The four-time MLA was arrested on April 13 last year after a woman accused him of raping her at his residence in 2017 when she was a minor.
Public anger over the matter exploded after he was accused of orchestrating a road accident in which the rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts were killed when their car was hit by a speeding truck in UP’s Raebareli.
The girl’s family alleged that the accident was an attempt to eliminate her.
“Facing so many troubles and fighting pain, Unnao’s daughter has now hope of getting justice,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a series of tweets.
“I thank all the Congress workers and citizens fighting for justice for Unnao’s daughter,” she said.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court had also directed that trial in the case to be held on a daily basis and completing it within 45 days.
The apex court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh as interim compensation to the rape victim.
The court further said that the CBI will have to complete the investigation within seven days into the recent accident.
The Congress had said the BJP’s expulsion of the Unnao rape accused MLA was an acknowledgement of having “empowered” a criminal, and took a dig at the Modi government, asking why the “beti bachao beti padhao gang” was silent on the matter.
Input: NDTV & PTI