A local court on Friday acquitted IAS officer Shashi Bhushan Lal Susheel on the charge of molesting and attempting to rape a woman on a moving train near Lucknow in October last year,after the woman 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 court. They include the woman,her mother who was the complainant 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 woman,in her statement before the court,denied having made any statement that the IAS officer had attempted to rape her. She said the police never took her statement and wrote it on its own. Shahi said the woman 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 woman,who worked in a Delhi firm,was on her way to Lucknow with her mother on the Lucknow Mail.