The Chandigarh Police on Thursday formed a special investigation team to conduct a preliminary inquiry into a complaint of prolonged sexual exploitation, made by a housewife of Sector 33, against a retired IAS officer of Punjab.
In her complaint, sent to the Police Complaint Window through mail, the woman has alleged that the former officer raped her over many years and also used her to channelise his “ill-gotten wealth”. She has expressed fear that she may be killed at the officer’s behest and demanded security.
Asked about the complaint, Inspector General of Chandigarh Police R P Upadhyay said, “We are inquiring into the matter.”
Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “We have formed a team consisting of DSP (Crime Against Women) Kamla Meena, Inspector Poonam Dilawari and Inspector Rajesh Shukla, SHO of Sector 34 police station, to probe the matter and give a preliminary report on the basis of which necessary action will be taken.”
The SSP said that the allegations against the retired officer were “vaguely put’’ and needed to be probed before a case could be registered. The complainant had also not mentioned any specific time of offence, he added.
The woman alleged that the former IAS officer was her husband’s friend and had been regularly visiting their house for the past several years. She said that her husband was an alcoholic and used to “collect” bribes on behalf of the IAS officer when he was in service. The money was deposited in her bank account and then transferred to the officer. She has reportedly given details of bank transactions which show regular transfer of lakhs of rupees from her account to the former IAS officer’s account.
The woman alleged that the former IAS officer also sexually exploited her with the consent of her husband. She said that since her husband was dependent on the officer for money, her husband would beat her up if she refused to indulge the officer.
She said that she decided to come out with her complaint as the former officer was now “eyeing” her 20-year-old daughter. He had recently managed to get the girl back from the USA, where she was studying, and gifted her a car.
The woman appended with her complaint some photographs showing her husband standing next to her while she and the former officer are holding hands. She added that she would provide more evidence to back her allegations when the police investigated the matter.
She said that the former officer had procured her call record details illegally, and action should be taken against him for this as well. She has sent copies of the complaint to the Punjab Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, DGP and Punjab Vigilance Bureau chief. The officer could not be reached for comment.