A Congress leader from Pune was arrested by Bandra police on Friday for allegedly raping and threatening his 23-year-old partner, police said.
The accused, Shivanand Hulyalkar, is a former general secretary of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress and currently vice-chairman of the union textile ministry’s All India Powerloom Board.
The Bandra police have charged him with rape, unnatural sex, criminal intimidation and causing hurt.
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The woman, who had been living with Hulyalkar in his Bandstand home for one year, registered her complaint earlier this week after returning from Mauritius. She met him at a party in 2014, while working at a hotel in Andheri East. At that time, he allegedly promised to secure her a job with an airline firm, the police said.
The complaint alleged that she had met Hulyalkar in August last year. Gradually, they became friendly and Hulyalkar allegedly insisted her to move in with him.
Hulyalkar introduced her as his wife and promised to allot her shares in a construction company he owned. During her stay in his home last year, the police said Hulyalkar repeatedly raped her.
Last month, she alleged that he promised to buy an apartment in Powai for her, but did not do so. In June, they flew to Mauritius to attend a business meet. She has alleged that on June 20, Hulyalkar tried to drown her in the bathtub of their hotel room, hit her on the head with a stick and raped her.
“We arrested Hulyalkar at his home early Saturday. He has been remanded to police custody till June 29,” said Pandit Thackeray, Senior Inspector, Bandra police station.