Mumbai: Deputy Inspector General of Police Sunil Paraskar, accused of rape and molestation by a city model, was suspended on Tuesday.
The Home Department had proposed his suspension, which was subsequently approved by Chief Minister Prithivraj Chavan last night.
Meanwhile, a newspaper has quoted a police officer as saying: "We have been verbally told that he (Paraskar) has been suspended, but we are yet to receive the order." He added that Paraskar will be suspended for at least six months and a departmental inquiry will be conducted against him.
The suspension was ordered on the basis of a number of grounds and after "examination of call records, witness statements".
Notably, Paraskar is due to retire in 2016.
A court in Mumbai had recently granted Paraskar pre-arrest bail, observing the complainant's behaviour and her e-mail exchange with him suggested consent.
Paraskar filed pre-arrest bail application on July 25, a week after an FIR was registered against him by suburban Malwani police under Sections 376(2)(rape by a police officer), 376 C (intercourse by superintendent of jail, remand home, etc) and 354(D) (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code.
The complainant, a 25-year-old model, has alleged Paraskar (57) had molested and sexually assaulted her on two occasions in December 2013. According to her, she had met Paraskar first in 2012 when he was Additional Commissioner of Police with regard to a case.
Paraskar's lawyer argued that the allegations were false and pointed to the delay in registration of FIR.
(With PTI inputs)