A Delhi court on Tuesday ordered that the trial in the case in which BSP MP Dhananjay Singh is accused of raping a 42-year-old woman for nearly four years, begin on April 4.
Additional Sessions Judge Sarita Birbal scheduled the recording of statements of prosecution witnesses for April 4.
The court had earlier framed charges against Singh under various provisions of the IPC relating to rape, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
The bail plea of Singh, the sitting MP from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, was also dismissed by the court on the ground that he can influence the witnesses.
The chargesheet was filed against Singh for offences under various penal provisions of the IPC, including 376(2)(h) (rape knowing that a woman is pregnant) and 376 (2)(n) (repeatedly raping the same woman), 377 (unnatural offence), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
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The chargesheet said Singh had repeatedly raped the woman between July 2005 and March 2009. Referring to the complaint filed by the woman, police had alleged that the victim was raped several times by Singh at gunpoint and was threatened with dire consequences if she reported the matter.