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Kashmiri accused of raping foreigner to seek bail from HC

delhi Updated: Jul 04, 2010 19:34 IST

A Kashmiri youth, accused of raping a foreign woman, will approach the Delhi High Court for bail claiming that the duo had shared a "consensual relationship".

The accused Yasir Altaf's bail plea was rejected by a lower court yesterday on the grounds that the investigation was in an early stage.

However, Suffian Siddiqui, the counsel for the accused contended that there was no investigation conducted by the Delhi Police and his client was sent to judicial custody.

The counsel has prepared a bail petition to be given to the High Court, in which a statement of the victim's friend (also a foreign national) will be submitted, wherein she has stated that the relation between Altaf and the complainant was "consensual".

"It is a case of false implication with virtually no evidence and the entire chain of circumstances cogently and firmly missing from the complaint, thus rendering the complainant's theory as false, concocted, implausible and contradictory," Siddiqui said.

He said the "malicious complaint has not only put an indelible blemish on the petitioner, but has also maligned the image of our nation at the international level".

Siddiqui argued that his client had been "falsely implicated" and police had acted without following the basic procedure of verifying the claims of the complainant.

"In fact, the complainant is just trying to take advantage of being a foreign national and is trying to extort money from the applicant (Altaf)," Siddiqui said.

To substantiate his claim, Altaf, who has been in judicial custody since June 26, shared some of the "intimate e-mails and photographs" associated with the complainant, with the lower court and would also provide the same to the HC.

The Kashmiri youth was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim at Connaught Place police station.

The woman, a Dutch national, has alleged that Altaf, posing as tourist guide, raped her several times in the last five months and also robbed her of money.

The complainant had claimed that she was horrified and succumbed as he had taken her passport and threatened to put her in trouble.