A special POCSO court on Saturday rejected the bail application of BJP leader Ashok Makwana, 41, who is behind the bars for allegedly molesting a teenager in a Goa-Ahmedabad flight. He had been arrested by Sardarnagar police on Tuesday following an FIR lodged by girl’s parents.
On May 29 the girl’s parents had lodged the FIR against Makwana for allegedly molesting their daughter in the Goa-Ahmedabad flight.
The special court refused to grant relief to Makwana saying the offence is “grave” and at this juncture. Makwana is a BJP leader who also works as a labour contractor in Gandhinagar.
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The FIR claims the girl was returning from Goa where she had gone to meet her relatives. She was alone in the flight and next to her seat Makwana was also sitting. Police said that Makwana had a different seat which he allegedly exchanged from his friend who was also travelling in the flight.
Makwana has been booked under section 354-A of IPC (sexual harassment) and sections 11 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.