Mumbai: Senior IPS officer Sunil Paraskar, accused of rape and molestation by a model-turned- actress, was today grilled for nearly four hours during which he denied the charges levelled against him, police said today.
Paraskar (DIG), who came alone to record his statement at 12.30 pm to Mumbai Police headquarters, was questioned by Deputy Police Commissioner (Crime) Sharada Raut and Assistant Police Commissioner Kala Gavit.
“Paraskar’s version was recorded today and as the probe progresses, he will be called again if required,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime branch) Sadanand Date said.
On his way to record his statement, Paraskar told the media at the police headquarters that the allegations against him were “baseless”.
According to police sources, during the questioning Paraskar admitted that the victim and he shared friendship, but denied allegations that he committed any offence.
Responding to a question, Date said, “The victim did not report any threat to her life from anybody. However, the victim is usually provided security in such cases and hence she was given protection.”
The victim’s supplementary statement had already been also recorded.
“We have also submitted a preliminary probe report to state government and state Director General of Police on July 25,” he added.
Date parried a question when asked if the investigators would oppose Paraskar’s anticipatory bail application on July 31 in court, but added, “Our views will be guided by the findings we make during the course of investigation.”
57-year-old Paraskar had on Friday filed an anticipatory bail application before the Sessions court here which granted him interim protection till July 31.
As the investigators had last week written to a magistrate to record the 25-year-old victim’s statement under CrPC 164 and the magistrate had given them time in the first week of August.
“The victim’s statement would be recorded under CrPC 164 in the first week of August,” Date added.
The statement, recorded under CrPC 164 in front of a Metropolitan Magistrate or Judicial Magistrate, is treated as authentic and is admissible in court.
Following a complaint by the model, Paraskar was booked under IPC sections 376(2)(rape by a police officer), 376 C (intercourse by superintendent of jail, remand home, etc) and 354 (D) (stalking which interferes with the mental peace of a person or causes distress, fear of violence or alarm) at Malwani Police Station on Wednesday.
Paraskar, Deputy Inspector General (Protection of Civil Rights Units), is at present posted at the Maharashtra Police Headquarters.
The investigators took the victim to two places – a bungalow in Madh island in suburban Mumbai and a flat in neighbouring Navi Mumbai — where the alleged incidents took place.
“We have recorded the statements of those who have seen the two together at these two places. The witnesses have corroborated the presence of Paraskar and the victim together,” Date said.
Police sources said Paraskar admitted to have gone to these places, but denied doing anything that would amount to any offence.
“We are in the process to obtain the instruments and check emails and SMSes exchanged between the two,” Date said.
Police will be confiscating mobile phones and computers of both – the victim as well as the accused.
Meanwhile, police have also recorded the statement of a lawyer today, who had been contacted by the victim to send a notice to Paraskar alleging harassment, before filing the FIR. However, the lawyer did not send any notice to the officer.
The victim had mentioned the lawyer’s name in the FIR because of which the his statement was also recorded for the purpose of probe, police added.