Chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma on Wednesday acquitted an SAS Nagar-based dentist, Mandeep Singh, 28, booked on the charges of passing lewd remarks and eve-teasing a woman constable after the prosecution failed to prove the allegation.
Singh was booked by the UT police on November 3 last year on the allegations of passing lewd comments and eve-teasing a woman constable near Punjab National Bank in Sector 22. Woman had alleged that Mandeep, along with his friends, while roaming in Sector 22 market, had tried to harass her.
In her statement to police, she had maintained that after she protested, the alleged accused tried to outrage her modesty. Following this, she said she raised the alarm and the accused was nabbed on the spot. A case under section 294 (obscene acts and songs) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Sector-22 police post.
The case, however, fell flat considering contradictions in the police story. The defence counsel PC Rana, making submissions, said the woman constable was sitting inside the PCR gypsy whose lights were off, making it improbable for Mandeep Singh to have noticed and harassed her. The defence also pointed out that Mandeep was kept in detention till morning.