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India’s ruling party expels lawmaker accused of rape

Posted at 2:52 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 05:52:58-04

NEW DELHI (AP) — A prominent politician in India has been expelled from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party amid waves of public outrage after a deadly car crash left a woman who accused him of rape in critical condition.

The expulsion came Thursday after the BJP came under fire for not taking stern action against Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the accused lawmaker from the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that it is investigating Sengar for possible involvement in Sunday’s road accident that critically injured the woman and her lawyer and killed two of her aunts.

King George’s Medical University doctors said Thursday that the woman remained unconscious and in critical condition with a head injury and multiple leg fractures.