New Delhi: The BJP Thursday expelled its suspended Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping a teenager from Unnao in 2017.
The decision comes on a day the Supreme Court decided to move the investigation into the rape out of the state.
A four-time MLA from Bangermau, Sengar was arrested in April last year on charges of rape and has been in jail since. Last week, he was charged with murder after the rape survivor sustained critical injuries in a road accident that killed two of her aunts and also left her lawyer severely injured.
The woman’s family has alleged that the accident was a conspiracy to kill her, an accusation opposition parties have also repeated.
Sengar was an influential leader in the Bangarmau constituency, and the woman’s family battled for a year before he was named in a police case for the rape. On April 8, 2018, the survivor attempted to set herself on fire outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to draw attention to the case.
The following day, her father was allegedly assaulted by Sengar’s brother and his accomplices in police custody, leading to fatal injuries. A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe indicted the MLA and several people connected to him of attempts to frame the survivor’s family in order to pressure her to drop the case.
(With PTI inputs)