No clean chit to Delhi Jal Board (DJB) gangrape accused

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    No clean chit to DJB gangrape accused
    India - 17 may 2011

    NEW DELHI: A year after Delhi Police gave a clean chit to three senior officials of Delhi Jal Board, accused of gangrape, a trial court has rejected the closure report. The judge said, there's sufficient evidence to prove the offence. The officials have been charged with gangrape of a private executive.

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit took cognizance of the charge. "Despite filing a cancellation report, I found sufficient material which suggests prima facie an offence of gangrape. So, I take cognizance of the offence under Section 376 (g) IPC," the court said, while summoning DJB officials Sharat Chandra, Praveen Bhargav and Ramesh Thakur on June 28.

    In its final report on June 2, 2010, the police said there was "no sufficient evidence" against the accused and sought closure of the case. A protest petition was filed by the victim's counsel, Chandrani, who pleaded that the police did not investigate the case properly.

    After going through the final report, the court refused to accept the police version. "I have gone through the final report and the objections and submissions in the protest petition. Supreme Court directives clearly state if other circumstances are not to the contrary, a single statement of the victim is sufficient to prove rape," the court said.

    The court also trashed allegations of the police that the victim was acting at the behest of her employer to malign the officials. The court also noted there were two witnesses who corroborated the allegations of the victim.

    The victim was a senior executive with a private firm engaged in contract work for DJB. In her complaint, she alleged she was raped by the accused at her rented house on October 8, 2006, after being offered pastry laced with drugs. The three accused had also videotaped the crime to blackmail the woman. She would meet them in connection with contracts awarded to the firm which employed her, the complaint said.

    Initially, the police did not register the FIR. But it was forced to lodge a complaint after the woman approached the court. A case of gangrape was lodged with Malviya Nagar Police Station in 2007 against the three DJB officials. The crime branch, in its report, did not favour prosecution.



    Source: The Times of India
     
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