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Relief for man accused of rape by estranged lover from Bombay HC

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The accused, who was earlier the Under Secretary of the Irrigations department, has approached a division bench headed by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade. His contention is that the FIR registered against him has blocked his elevation as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.

Mumbai: In a relief to a serving Under Secretary of Maharashtra government’s Health department, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday stayed the process of framing of charges against him. The 45-year-old man has approached the HC seeking to quash of a First Information Report (FIR) against him.

The accused, who was earlier the Under Secretary of the Irrigations department, has approached a division bench headed by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade. His contention is that the FIR registered against him has blocked his elevation as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.


The counsel appearing for the accused told the bench that the lady who has leveled charges of rape against him was in a consensual relationship with him since 2012. He told the bench that the woman had visited several lodges along with his client. He also told the bench that the woman has falsely implicated him in the case with intent to ‘malign’ his image.

“My client’s employment is at stake. The woman is writing letters to the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary, and other officials to remove him from the job. His promotion to IAS officer level is halted due to the complaints of this woman,” the counsel argued.

On the other hand, the counsel representing the woman sought an adjournment of the hearing as she was not prepared for the same. However, she alleged that the accused is from an influential family. She also said that the brother of the accused is a Police Sub Inspector (PSI) with the Matunga Police station. She alleged that the accused is using his position to delay the trial against him.

After hearing submissions from both the sides, the bench stayed the charges framing against the accused. The bench, however, refused to quash the FIR as it wanted to hear the woman’s version of the case.

The matter will be next heard after two weeks.