CBI doesn’t charge Sengar with mur­der


The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - | SATUR­DAY, OC­TO­BER 12, 2019 Ra­[email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: The ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing the Unnao rape sur­vivor was not a planned act but was an ac­ci­dent caused by rash and neg­li­gent driv­ing by the truck driver, the CBI’s probe into the case has found.

Af­ter car­ry­ing out ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion of around two months, which was mon­i­tored by the Supreme Court, the CBI on Fri­day filed a chargeshee­t in the case but dropped mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges against Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

How­ever, Sengar, his brother Manoj and Arun Singh, son-in-law of a UP min­is­ter, have been charged with is­su­ing threats and hatch­ing a con­spir­acy against the rape sur­vivor un­re­lated to the ac­ci­dent. He is in jail for the al­leged rape of the Unnao sur­vivor.

The truck driver, Arun Ku­mar Pal, has been charged un­der Sections 304A (caus­ing death due to neg­li­gence or rash driv­ing), 338 (caus­ing griev­ous hurt by act en­dan­ger­ing life or personal safety of oth­ers) and 279 (rash driv­ing). The sur­vivor’s two aunts were killed in the ac­ci­dent.

The first two sections at­tract a pun­ish­ment of two years while the third pro­vides for six months’ jail. The CBI car­ried out sev­eral foren­sic tests, in­clud­ing sim­u­la­tion test at the ac­ci­dent site. The in­ci­dent was recre­ated and all pos­si­ble an­gles probed. Call details and pos­si­ble connection of the truck driver with Sengar and his as­so­ciates were scanned as well. How­ever, Sengar’s role was not found in the case, said a source.

Fi­nally, Sengar was charged un­der Sections 120B (crim­i­nal con­spir­acy) and 506-2 (threat to cause death or griev­ous hurt). These sections at­tract im­pris­on­ment of up to seven years or fine or both.

A speed­ing truck with an ob­scured num­ber plate had col­lided near Rae Bareli with the car in which the sur­vivor was trav­el­ling with her rel­a­tives and lawyer on July 28.

While her aunts died, the sur­vivor and her lawyer were se­verely in­jured. They were first ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal in Lucknow and then shifted to AIIMS in Delhi on the di­rec­tions of the SC. The driver was later ar­rested.

Sub­se­quently, the sur­vivor’s un­cle, lodged in a UP jail, filed a case of mur­der and at­tempt to mur­der with the state po­lice. On the fam­ily’s in­sis­tence, the state trans­ferred the probe to the CBI.

CBI had also booked Sengar and oth­ers on mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges and formed a spe­cial probe team. SC gave CBI a probe dead­line, which was ex­tended twice. Last month, the sur­vivor was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal and CBI took her state­ment.

Sengar has been charged with hatch­ing a con­spir­acy against the sur­vivor un­re­lated to the ac­ci­dent

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