NCP legislator accused of rape arrested in Mumbai

NCP MLA has been suspended from the party and an "in-depth" inquiry will be conducted.

Mumbai: An MLA of ruling NCP in
Maharashtra, Dilip Wagh, who has been accused of raping a
girl, was arrested here this evening, police said.

Wagh, wanted by Nashik police, has been arrested in
Mumbai, Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal said to a news agency.

"On request from Nashik police, Crime Branch had
deployed its units to trace Wagh. The MLA has been picked up
from a location in suburban Bandra. He will be handed over to
Nashik police for further action," Joint Police Commissioner
(Crime) Himanshu Roy said.

Nashik police had dispatched special teams to locate
Wagh, the legislator from Pachora in North Maharashtra`s
Jalgaon district, who has been suspended by the NCP.

Wagh and his Personal Assistant Mahesh Mali were
accused of rape in a complaint filed by the 20-year-old victim
with the Nashik police yesterday. Mali is still absconding.

The victim in a complaint to the police alleged that
the MLA and his assistant had called her to Nashik promising
to help her get a job and had raped her in a guest house,
Nashik Deputy Commissioner of Police Subhash Nilewad said.

Nilewad said a medical examination of the girl,
carried out in Nashik Civil Hospital, confirmed "sexual
intercourse" with her.

As the police launched a search for Wagh, an
embarrassed NCP moved quickly and suspended the legislator.

"The party has taken a serious view of the rape
charges and suspended Wagh, who has alleged a conspiracy
against him. If he is found not guilty, action taken would be
withdrawn," Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar

Earlier in the day, NCP President Sharad Pawar said
"He (Wagh) should surrender and face the probe."

Maharashtra NCP President Madhukar Pichad has
suspended the legislator and asked the Government to conduct
an in-depth inquiry into the case, party spokesperson Madan
Bafna said.