Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

‘Police asked me to accept Rs 10 lakh, withdraw rape case’

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Posted: February 26, 2014 3:07 am

Weeks after the Saket district court issued orders to the Delhi Police to file an FIR against a sub-inspector on charges of raping a woman after promising marriage, the woman has approached the Delhi High Court alleging that police officers were “pressurising” her to reach a compromise in the case.

On February 9, a trial court had ordered registration of an FIR against Varun Kumar, a sub-inspector at Ambedkar Nagar police station, on charges of raping and criminally intimidating the woman.

In a plea filed before the High Court on Tuesday, the woman has sought court orders for a CBI investigation into the case, alleging that she had been summoned to the police station, where four officers had asked her to accept Rs 10 lakh as “compromise”. She alleged that one officer had made phone calls asking her to settle the matter, which she has claimed to have recorded and submitted before court.

The woman said instead of protecting the rights of the victim, Delhi Police is supporting the “unethical, illegal misdeed of Kumar”. She said she has “no hope of having a free, fair and independent investigation by the Delhi Police”.

Further, the woman has demanded that criminal proceedings be initiated against the two officers, for “siding with” the rape accused.

“Petitioner has lost her confidence in the sincerity and integrity of the police and therefore it is clear that the police of the national capital cannot be relied upon to investigate the FIR,” the plea stated.

The case was mentioned before the court of Acting Chief Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul on Tuesday. The court will hear the plea on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the court of ACMM Tarun Yogesh, had directed police to register an FIR in the case on allegations that ASI Varun Kumar had coerced her into physical relationship by promising marriage.

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