Rajasthan govt for CBI probe into rape case involving ex-minister

Last Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 23:58

Jaipur: The Rajasthan government on Saturday decided to recommend to the Centre a CBI probe into a rape case allegedly involving its former minister Babulal Nagar.

"Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has given a direction to the home department for referring the case to the CBI," a government spokesperson said.

At present state CID is probing the case.

53-year-old Nagar, who was Minister of State for Dairy and Khadi in the Gehlot government, had put his papers on September 19 after a 35-year-old woman alleged that she was raped by him.

The woman had alleged that the minister, who had helped her in the past, called her to his house on September 11, promising to get her a job. On some pretext, the minister took her into a bedroom and raped her, she alleged.

Nagar`s resignation was accepted yesterday. The former minister has, however, denied the rape charge and accused his political rival of implicating him in a false case.

He has admitted that the woman had come to see him. "When she came at 5 pm I was surrounded by people, I met a lot of people then," Nagar said, adding he is being framed by his political rivals.

Sodala Police station had booked Nagar for allegedly raping, threatening and beating up the woman.

After registering the case under various sections of the IPC, police had referred the case to the CID crime branch since it involved a sitting MLA.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had said no one is above the law and that law will take its own course. "I said earlier also during the Asaram case that no one is above law," he had said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 23:58

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