Ex-BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar has been convicted by a Delhi trial court for the kidnap and rape of a teenager in 2017. Survivor's mother was present at the court and Judge Dharmesh Sharma pronounced the verdict before a packed courtroom at the Tis Hazari courthouse in Delhi.
Charges are also placed against co-accused Shashi Singh in the case.
The case came to light last year when the survivor tried to set herself on fire in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth's office.
Her father was framed under the illegal arms act and he had died in police custody. The case led to national outrage, especially after Sengar denied the incident by saying that he would "never touch such low-class people."
He has been charged with Indian penal code sections Sections 120 b (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage), and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act sections in the case.
He and his brother Atul, along with nine others have been charged for the murder as she had undergone an accident this year where two of her aunts were killed.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had ordered that the trial end within 45 days and transferred the case from Lucknow to Delhi.