Man acquitted of rape charges after victim fails to appear in court

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 12:16 IST

Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla on Wednesday acquitted a man booked on charges of rape after the victim failed to appear before the court.

Taking into consideration failure of the victim, daughter of a retired female assistant sub-inspector of UT police to appear, the court acquitted Sunil Kumar, 46, resident of Sector 23, Chandigarh.

“The victim registered a similar complaint in Dera Bassi wherein she later turned hostile and was facing perjury proceedings. She failed to appear before the court even once, thus the court acquitted him,” said defence counsel Rabindra Pandit.

Sunil was booked in June 2013 on charges of rape, criminal intimidation and assault on the complaint of a 38-year-old married woman.

She had alleged that Sunil had called her to collect `5 lakh from him which her mother had received on retirement. She had handed over the money to him to double the amount.

The woman had alleged that the accused called her to a hotel where he tried to administer her liquor and rape her. He was later arrested on August 25, 2013.

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