A Delhi court on Friday sent disqualified MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to 10 years in prison and fined him Rs 10 lakh for the death of the Unnao rape victim’s father, refusing to show any “leniency” to him and six others accused in the case.
The other accused persons, including Sengar’s brother and two policemen, were also given 10 years in prison. The former MLA’s brother, too, was asked to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation for the victim’s family.
District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, while awarding the sentence, said the accused did not deserve a lenient sentence in view of the facts and circumstances of the case. The court also said that this was not a fit case to grant the accused relief under the Probation of Offenders Act.
“There can be no denying the fact that the rule of law was broken. Ashok Singh Bhadauria, KP Singh and Kuldeep Singh Sengar are public functionaries. They are supposed to observe the rule of law. (Keeping in mind) the fact that he (the father) was beaten up, paraded and ultimately died (shows) this is not a fit case for leniency,” the court said.
The court observed that the deceased was the sole breadwinner of the family, which has been uprooted from its residence.
“It would be difficult for them to go back to their native place and reside along with fellow villagers. In the said circumstances… the above convicts Kuldeep Singh Sengar and Jai Deep Singh alias Atul Singh are directed to pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the wife and children of the deceased,” the court said.
The court said the sequence of events “establishes clearly, beyond reasonable doubt, that under the patronage of accused Sengar, his foot soldiers-namely Vineet Mishra, Birender Singh and Shashi Pratap Singh (and probably with others who could not be identified)-assaulted the victim with leg and fist blows by intermittently hitting him… with the barrel of the rifle.”
The court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to carry out “appropriate disciplinary proceedings against the doctors concerned whose gross medical negligence led to the death of the victim in terms of the inquiry report proved on the record”.
After the order on sentence was pronounced, one of the accused policemen, Station House Officer Ashok, pleaded for mercy before the judge.
“What is my children’s fault? I was just doing my job. I have nothing to do with Sengar. This is like death.”
The judge replied: “It is difficult for us to make decisions. You should have thought about your children and wife when you committed the crime.” The court, however, acquitted the other accused-constable Amir Khan, Shailendra Singh, Ram Sharan Singh and Sharadveer Singh-giving them the benefit of doubt.
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