A local court on Friday acquitted IAS officer Shashi Bhushan Lal Susheel on the charge of molesting and attempting to rape a girl on a moving train near Lucknow in October last year,after the girl turned hostile.
Susheel was arrested,sent to jail and placed under suspension by the UP government.
Defence counsel Vinod Kumar Shahi said Additional District and Session Judge Lallu Singh acquitted his client for insufficient evidence. In all,five prosecution witness were produced before the court. They include the girl,her mother who was the complainant of the case two investigating officers and a policeman who wrote the FIR,said Shahi.
District government counsel Munna Singh Yadav confirmed that the IAS officer has been acquitted.
Defence counsel said the girl,in her statement before the court,denied having made any statement at any point of time that the IAS officer had attempted to rape her. She told the court that the police never took her statement and wrote it on its own.
Shahi said the girl also told the court that on that night,while she was sleeping,someone had touched her feet. She said since the IAS officer was the nearest passenger,she raised a suspicion on him and reported the matter to her mother when she returned from the washroom.
Shahi said the court declared the girl hostile.
The incident dates back to October last year when the girl,who worked in a multinational company in Delhi,was on her way to Lucknow with her mother on the Lucknow Mail. Susheel boarded the train at Ghaziabad. The girls mother lodged the complaint after getting down at Lucknow.
She alleged that the accused had touched her daughter first in the night when she was sleeping. In the wee hours,when the train was near Sandila railway station,he molested her when the complainant had gone to the washroom. Her daughter told complained to her about it when she returned,after which she called the guards.
After reaching Lucknow,the mother filed a written complaint against Susheel with the Railway Police.
The police arrested Susheel and produced him before the court which sent him to judicial custody. He remained in jail for two days and was later granted bail. The Railway Police later filed a chargesheet against Susheel under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 376/511 (attempt to rape). Susheel is still under suspension.