`Model who accused Mumbai DIG of rape wanted publicity for a TV show`

In an interesting twist in the case of molestation against Mumbai DIG Sunil Paraskar, the former lawyer of the model on Monday said that his client had never mentioned `rape` to him.

Last Updated: Aug 05, 2014, 10:16 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: In an interesting twist in the case of molestation against Mumbai DIG Sunil Paraskar, the former lawyer of the model on Monday said that his client had never mentioned `rape` to him.

On July 24, the Mumbai police booked Sunil Paraskar, the deputy inspector general (DIG-protection of civil rights units), after a model accused him of raping her on several occasions.

Police has now recorded the statement of Rizwan Siddiqui, the former lawyer of the complainant.
Siddiqui has submitted a CCTV footage in which he is seen discussing the case with the model. According to the lawyer, the complainant told him that she wanted to create a controversy to participate in a TV show.

He also said that the model also told him that she wanted him to fabricate a plot to harass the police officer.

"My client did not mention to me that she and Paraskar are close to each other. I did not find enough substance into the allegations which my client was making. My client told me that she was doing it for publicity and she wants to get into a TV show," Siddiqui claimed.

“When I learnt that my client is misusing my name and reputation I decided to back off. I have submitted the CCTV evidence and my version to the police," he added.
The model has alleged that Paraskar raped her when he was additional commissioner of police (north region), a few months ago, before he was transferred to the state police headquarters as DIG.

In her complaint, the woman said he raped her several times when she visited him with regard to some work, and submitted evidence of the sexual assault on her at a hotel in the suburbs.

Backing Paraskar, the Shiv Sena said it has become a "fashion" to charge men with rape.

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