The Satara police Monday arrested Hrushikant Shinde, brother of Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Shashikant Shinde of the NCP, for allegedly raping a 33- -year-old woman.
The woman filed a complaint with the Satara town police station on Sunday night. The police produced Hrushikant before the Sessions court in Satara, which remanded him to police custody till February 21.
NCP’s district president Dilip Yelgaokar said the rape charge against Hrushikant was a “conspiracy hatched by political rivals in the view of coming elections”.
Meanwhile, Shashikant Shinde, who is also the guardian minister of Satara district, said he would snap all relations with Hrushikant if the charges against him were proved.
Hrushikant, a resident of Jawli in Satara, has been into property and land dealings. The complainant woman is a resident of Satara. She had allegedly approached Hrushikant for selling her mother’s house in Mumbai.
Hrushikant went to the woman’s home on Sunday to discuss the property deal where he allegedly raped the woman, said the police.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena members staged a protest near the Satara town police station demanding proper investigation in the case.
Home Minister R R Patil, meanwhile, told reporters in Mumbai: “We are probing the matter impartially. Had there been any pressure on police, the case would not have been filed.”