A local court has directed the police to inquire into a complaint of rape against a ruling BJD MLA and his associate in Orissa.
Janaki Rout, Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate, Udala in Mayurbhanj district, on Monday directed police to inquire into the alleged rape of a 35-year-old woman by BJD MLA Srinath Soren and his associate Swarup Das alias Bula.
In a complaint to the court, the woman from Talapadia village alleged that the MLA and his associate had raped her at his residence on January three when she demanded that he return Rs 1 lakh given to the legistator for getting a job.
The MLA denied the allegation and said it was a ploy by his opponents to tarnish his image ahead of elections.
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