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Rape case: Court rejects ACP Mahabole’s bail application

A Sessions court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail application of Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Mahabole accused in a rape case.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 20, 2012 1:12:47 am

A Sessions court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail application of Assistant Commissioner of Police (Local Arms Division) Anil Mahabole accused in a rape case. In an in-camera hearing,from which Mahabole was exempted appearance,the defence lawyer told the court that the victim had made similar allegations against another senior police officer. “A few months ago,the victim managed to get a senior officer transferred claiming he had been threatening her and had extorted money from her,” said advocate Rohini Vag.

However,the prosecution claimed that the officer against whom the allegations were levelled could have been associated with Mahabole. “The police is probing if that officer used the same clip and extorted money from the victim,” said special public prosecutor Dilip Shah.

The court observed that the allegations are of serious nature and the case is in the preliminary stage of investigations.

According to the complainant,Mahabole had allegedly drugged her and raped her. He also had allegedly shot a video of her in a compromsing position to blackmail her. The victim had approached the top officers,who ordered an internal inquiry. A complaint was registered after this on April 17.

“The case is just three days’ old. Police are still trying to gather evidence. According to the victim,most calls were made to her on the SIM card that Mahabole had bought. The SIM card is registered in his name. We need to find out if these allegations are true,” added Shah

On Wednesday,Mahabole had urgently moved an anticipatory bail application. In his application,he claimed that he had met the victim through a social networking site. He also claimed that the woman has been threatening him. Unable to handle it,Mahabole claims that he had informed the woman’s husband. The woman allegedly lodged a false rape complaint in return. “If the accused did not know the victim,then how will he justify the several calls and smses sent to her in the past eight months. The police are gathering electronic evidence,” said Shah.

The prosecution case is that the ACP had visited her residence and allegedly offered her sweets,after consuming which she fell unconscious. When she regained consciousness,the ACP allegedly showed her an MMS on his cellphone in which she was in a compromising position. She alleged that the ACP kept blackmailing her,threatening to make the MMS public and repeatedly raped her.

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