In another twist in the rape case that has led to an open feud between two of Gurgaon’s top police officers, the accused and his family members on Tuesday claimed that Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk was “helping” the complainant.
Virk and Gurgaon Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Bharti Arora have been involved in a public spat over the rape case, filed against Ajay Bhardwaj, son of former Gurgaon deputy commissioner R P Bhardwaj.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Ajay and his sister Chanchal accused Virk of “malafide intention” and claimed that he was helping Ajay’s former live-in partner, who had accused him of rape.
Virk was unavailable for comment. He did not respond to phone calls or text messages.
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Claiming that Virk was taking “extraordinary” interest in the case, Chanchal sought a CBI probe. She claimed that she had been “kidnapped” in a police vehicle from Gurgaon on June 3 and subsequently threatened in the office of Virk. Chanchal and Ajay alleged that the complainant was “extorting” their family in connivance with the Gurgaon Police. They claimed that the complainant had extorted Rs 40 lakh from her first husband, and she had forged a relationship with Ajay allegedly to extort him and grab his property.
In July last year, the Gurgaon police had registered an FIR against Ajay at Sushant Lok police station under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, based on a complaint by the woman. She had claimed that she had been in a live-in relationship with Ajay since 2008, and the couple had two children. In her complaint, the woman alleged that though the accused had promised to marry her, he later refused to do so and started threatening her. At the press conference, Ajay admitted that he had been in a live-in relationship with the complainanant, but added that both he and the woman were married to other people at that time.
Chanchal claimed that she had complained to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the state director general of police and other senior officers over the issue. She alleged her family members continued to be harassed. She said policemen in plainclothes had followed her on Monday, when she was at the high court.
Chanchal added that she had only made a prayer to get the case probed by a woman judge or a woman police officer, after which the case was marked to Gurgaon JCP (traffic) Bharti Arora by the government, but she had nothing else to do with the case.
At the press conference, Vishal Gupta, a resident of Karnal, accused Virk of running 14 benami companies in New Delhi with the involvement of his family members.
Gupta alleged that Virk had tried to make him director in one of his benami companies but when he refused, he was implicated in a false case of forgery and rape. He was acquitted by the court in January last year, said Gupta, adding that he had written to the chief minister, urging him to hand over the case to the CBI.