Judicial magistrate Pradeep Synghal on Saturday summoned a report from the UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) and the station house officer (SHO) concerned giving details of investigations done so far on a sexual harassment and rape complaint against Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer SN Roy filed by a Panchkula-based woman.
After the UT police failed to take action on the complaint Roy, the 33-year-old complainant had moved the court seeking directions to the police to lodge a first information report (FIR) in the case. The police are expected to file a status report on May 21.
“As per the Supreme Court directives, if a woman files a rape and harassment complaint, the police should immediately register an FIR and arrest the accused. But in this case, the police opted to investigate the matter before registering a case. The court has now summoned records regarding the police action on the complaint,” said complainant’s counsel AS Chahal.
In her petition, the victim had sought directions to the UT police to register an FIR under various sections of rape, intimidation and criminal conspiracy against the Haryana IAS officer, who is principal secretary, urban local bodies department. He has been sent on leave by the government.
The victim had lodged a complaint with the UT police on April 13, but instead of lodging an FIR, the police formed a special investigation team (SIT). In her petition, the victim stated that he (Roy) was married and had two children, but told the victim that he was a divorcee. The victim, who had a dispute with her ex-husband, said Roy promised to marry her after a case against her ex-husband was decided.
The victim admitted that she had developed physical relations with Roy as he had promised to marry her. In her statement, the victim also stated that after she got pregnant, Roy got her pregnancy terminated. It has been alleged that Roy even threatened to implicate her in a blackmailing case.
Driver accused of threatening victim
In the complaint, the victim alleged that Roy and his driver, Takdeer Singh, had tried to abduct her. She alleged that the driver had abused and threatened her with dire consequences if she failed to withdraw the complaint against Roy.