Wednesday, May 13, 2015

STAIN 0N KHAKI - Suspended DIG charge-sheeted for model's rape

Paraskar Trial Slated To Start A Month From Now 

Mumbai: The Crime Against Women (CAW) cell of the city police on Tuesday filed a 724page charge sheet against suspended IPS officer Sunil Paraskar for allegedly raping a 29-year-old model.
“We have 59 witnesses in the case,“ said DCP Namdeo Chavan, head, CAW. The police had earlier served Paraskar a notice, asking him to be present in court during the charge sheet's submission. Accordingly , Paraskar was present in the Borivli magistrate's court on Tuesday . The FIR against him had been registered nine months ago. Senior police officers were tight-lipped about the contents of the charge sheet and also refused to say anything about the model's medical examination report. Her statement had been earlier recorded before a magistrate.

A source said that as evidence, the police have submitted the logbook of Paraskar's official car. Maintained by his driver, it mentions his movements, said a police officer.Then, there are records of Paraskar's text messages and emails. The police have also attached the statement of the caretaker of a Madh Island bungalow, who told the police he remembered a November 2013 visit of the model, along with Paraskar.

In July 2014, the model alleged that Paraskar (57) had sexually assaulted her on two occasions in December 2013.She said she met Paraskar first in 2012, when he was additional commissioner of police (north region), concerning a case. On the model's complaint, the police registered a case against Paraskar at Malwani police station and booked him under sections 376-2 (rape by a police officer), 376 C (intercourse by superintendent of jail, remand home, etc) and 354-D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Borivli magistrate has transferred the case to the sessions court. The trial will begin on June 12. Earlier, the sessions court had granted anticipatory bail to Paraskar, observing that “from the behaviour of the complainant and the accused, the matter appears to be consensual“.But in a departmental inquiry, Paraskar was found guilty of professional misconduct.


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