A BJP legislator has sympathised with MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a minor girl and killing her two aunts, and expressed his "best wishes" for him to overcome his "difficult times". Days after Sengar, a four-time legislator, was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Hardoi MLA Ashish Singh Ashu was caught on camera, hoping Sengar comes out of jail soon. A video clip of his remarks has surfaced online.
"Our brother Kuldeep Singh could not be here among us today as he is going through difficult times. Our best wishes are with him. We hope that he will overcome the bad times, fight through it and come out of it and be with all of you to lead you," Ashu is heard saying in the video made at a panchayat meeting in Unnao on Friday.
"Wherever we are, our best wishes are with him."
#WATCH: Ashish Singh, BJP MLA from Bilgram-Mallanwan says, "kathinaion se guzar rahe hain hum sab ke bhai aadarniya Kuldeep Sengar ji. Samay ka kaalchakra kaha jaega, phir bhi hum sabki shubhkamnaein hain jitni kathianein hain us se ladkar wo apka netritv karne pahuchenge" (02.8) pic.twitter.com/02TLhBai9Y— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 3, 2019
Sengar is accused of raping a girl at his residence in Unnao district in 2017 when she was 17 years old. A case was registered after she tried to immolate herself outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in April last year.
A day after the self-immolation bid, her father died in police custody. On July 27, when the girl, her two aunts and her lawyer were going to meet her uncle at Raebareli jail, their car was hit by a truck. One of her aunts, who was a witness in the rape case, died in the collision. She and her lawyer are admitted to a Lucknow hospital.
Her uncle has been in jail in a two-decade old case for allegedly beating Sengar's brother. The rape survivor's family alleges the truck-car collision was a deliberate attempt to kill her.
Following an outrage over the collision, the UP government handed over the case to CBI. The central agency is now investigating all the five Unnao cases, including the rape case. The Supreme Court is hearing the matter and on Friday deferred its decision whether to transfer the case filed after road crash to a Delhi court.
On Monday, the apex court will pass orders on whether the woman should be moved to AIIMS hospital in Delhi for better treatment.