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Maharashtra BJP leader Pravin Darekar booked over ‘objectionable reference against women’

Pune-based NCP leader Rupali Chakankar has filed an FIR in this regard. Darekar has been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 509 which pertains to 'word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of woman.'

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: September 23, 2021 7:03:02 am
Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra legislative council Pravin Darekar. (File)

An offence has been registered in Pune against leader of opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council and senior BJP leader Pravin Darekar for allegedly making objectionable references to women in his remarks against the NCP.

While speaking at a public function in Shirur in Pune district recently, Darekar had made some remarks criticising the NCP, which is part of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra.

Pune-based NCP leader Rupali Chakankar has filed an FIR in this regard. Darekar has been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 509 which pertains to ‘word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of woman.’

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“Darekar’s remarks in Shirur had objectionable references to women. Since then, women across the state have condemned these remarks. But instead of apologising, Darekar has said he does not give any importance to it. I have filed an FIR against him at Sinhagad Road police station.” Chakankar said in a video she tweeted on Wednesday.

Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta confirmed that an FIR has been filed against Darekar.

Senior Inspector Devidas Gheware, in-charge of Sinhagad Road police station, said, “Based on a complaint filed by Rupali Chakankar on Tuesday, an offence has been registered against Darekar. A zero FIR has been registered at our police station under IPC Section 509 and has been forwarded to Shirur police station for further probe.”

The term ‘zero’ FIR pertains to a case which is registered at a particular police station without assigning a serial number, which is then transferred to the police station which is in charge of the area where the offence has taken place.

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