Uttarakhand rape: Police team searches, seals club room in Nainital

Last Updated: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 20:51

Dehradun: A police team probing the alleged rape of a young woman by a senior bureaucrat on the pretext of giving her a government job, has reached Nainital, where the victim claimed she was violated.

The team headed by Additional SP Mamata Vohra yesterday reached Nainital and quizzed the staff of the police line officers` club. The team also searched and sealed the room of the club where the alleged offence took place on November 20.

The ASP refused to divulge further details, but according to police sources, the club`s staff confirmed that an officer had come with a woman on the day of the alleged incident.

Additional Secretary (Home) J P Joshi, who has been accused in the rape case, was questioned at his residence on Friday. Police also recorded statement of the woman after she filed the complaint in Delhi on November 22.

The 29-year-old woman from Dehradun had lodged FIR with Pandav Nagar Police station in Delhi accusing Joshi of raping her in a room in police line officers` club at Nainital after promising her a job in the tourism department.

She has alleged in the FIR that she was introduced to Joshi by Congress leader Ritu Kandiyal and Dehradun SP (Rural) Bhandari had mounted pressure on her not to go public over the matter.
As per the FIR, he even threatened to kill her later. However, soon after the victim lodged the FIR, Joshi refuted the allegations and lodged a complaint against three persons, including the victim, at the city`s Vasant Vihar police station, accusing them of blackmailing him and issuing threats to defame him.
The officer has accused the victim and two men -- M P Singh and Sanjay -- of sending him SMSes seeking secret official documents from him, failing which they will bring his name into disrepute.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 20:51

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