Rape case: Police to take Jet co-pilot to temple

A Jet Airways co-pilot arrested on charges of raping an air hostess would be taken to the temple where he allegedly got engaged with the victim, to gather circumstantial evidence, police said Tuesday.

Mumbai: A Jet Airways co-pilot arrested on
charges of raping an air hostess would be taken to the temple
where he allegedly got engaged with the victim, to gather
circumstantial evidence, police said Tuesday.

"Co-pilot Varun Agrawal would be taken to the temple in
suburban Andheri where he took the victim and got engaged. The
victim claimed that the temple priest had also performed puja
on the occasion," said A V Jadhav, Senior Inspector at Powai
police station.

"The police custody of the accused will expire on June 5.
Before that we want to take him to the temple where we can
gather circumstantial evidence to tighten the case," he said.

Varun (27) was on May 29 arrested from the domestic
airport at suburban Vile Parle on charges of raping the
22-year-old air-hostess, who was in a live-in relationship
with him.

Police would also record the statements of the priest and
others who had seen the duo, hailing from Uttaranchal, at the
temple.

Varun had denied he got engaged to the victim, who also
has been working with same private air carrier since 2007,
police said, adding the victim had claimed that after their
engagement, Varun had even finalised the date of their
marriage.

According to police, the accused who joined Jet
Airways in 2006, started luring the victim since 2008, a year
after she joined the private air carrier.

The victim`s mother was very much convinced by Varun that
he would marry his daughter. However, Varun`s father was
against their marriage as he wanted his son to marry a girl
from their community who can get the co-pilot a huge dowry,
police claimed.

Varun was booked under IPC Sections 376 (rape), 420
(cheating), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and
506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), they added.

PTI

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