The detective department of the Kolkata police on Thursday filed a chargesheet that confirmed gang rape on a 37-year-old woman in Kolkata in February.
Back then, chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee had said the incident had been cooked up to malign her government.
According to the police, the rape took place in a moving Honda City in Park Street in central Kolkata.
"I have faith in the rule of law. The chargesheet vindicates my position. I am happy today," the victim told HT after hearing about the chargesheet.
"The entire incident is a concocted one, designed to embarrass the government," Banerjee had said on February 16 at the state secretariat, when reporters quizzed her on the incident.
Soon after, transport minister Madan Mitra had cast aspersions on the character of the victim and asked what she was doing at a nightclub so late at night.
The matter, however, took a different turn when Damayanti Sen, then joint commissioner (crime), Kolkata police, while addressing a press conference confirmed the rape. Thursday's chargesheet substantiated Sen's position, though she was transferred as deputy inspector general (training) on April 4, an act widely interpreted as a punishment for contradicting the chief minister.
On Thursday the ninth metropolitan magistrate took cognizance of the chargesheet against Nashad Alam, Sumit Bajaj, Nasir Khan, Kadir and Johny, who allegedly committed the gangrape.
If proved guilty, they may life imprisonment. While Nashad, Sumit and Nasir are in judicial custody, Kadir and Johny are still absconding. "The magistrate has also fixed May 17 for supplying copies of the chargesheet to the accused for their trial before the sessions court," said public prosecutor Pradip Chatterjee.