Rape accused ACP’s anticipatory bail plea rejected

In a setback to ACP Anil Mahabole who is accused of raping a woman, the Sessions Court here on Thursday refused to grant him anticipatory bail.

Mumbai: In a setback to Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Mahabole who is accused of raping and threatening a woman, the Sessions Court here on Thursday refused to grant him anticipatory bail.

Additional Sessions Judge SD Kulkarni after hearing the arguments of prosecution and defence held that the allegations against Mahabole were of serious nature and that the case was registered against him after an internal enquiry was conducted.

The court also refused to stay its order to allow Mahabole to approach the Bombay High Court.

The ACP was not present in the court today during the hearing of his anticipatory bail plea. The hearing was held in-camera after both the sides filed an application saying the case was of serious nature.

Mahabole in his bail application, which is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow, has said that he has been falsely implicated and refuted all the allegations.

According to Mahabole, the lady was blackmailing him and sending him threatening messages since long. When the police officer informed the lady`s husband about the same, she lodged a false complaint with top brass of the city police.

The FIR was registered against Mahabole yesterday after an internal enquiry conducted against him found his involvement in the crime.

According to police, the lady alleged that the ACP, who is presently posted in a side branch, had visited her residence eight months ago and allegedly offered her sweets and after consuming which she fell unconscious.

According to the woman, when she regained consciousness, Mahabole showed her an MMS clipping in which she was seen in a compromising position with him. She alleged that the senior officer repeatedly raped her by threatening to make the clipping public over eight months.

Unable to cope up with the torture, she approached the higher-ups in the department last week, police said, adding that subsequently an enquiry was ordered against Mahabole.