Gurgaon administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) Praveen Kumar has been acquitted in a molestation case along with seven other persons by a local court.
The case dates back to May 22, 2008, when Kumar was posted as additional deputy commissioner (ADC) in Panchkula.
During a public grievances session at Raj Dikri village, a woman had complained that while her physically challenged husband was away, all the accused came to her house and abused her.
She further claimed that the then ADC, Praveen Kumar, directed other officials to fill up a pit on her land, from where the family took water for their daily needs.
She further alleged that when she tried to stop the men, Kumar slapped her and the then Morni range officer Bhupinder and Tikka Singh caught hold of her.
The woman claimed that the accused outraged her modesty and assaulted her. They also allegedly threatened to eliminate her in case she complained to higher officers. The complainant had said that the police did not register an FIR, so she approached the court.
"The woman and her husband were supporters of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) while six of the accused were Congressmen," said VPS Namdev, counsel for the Congress workers in the case.
Additional chief judicial magistrate Dr Atul Marya observed that there were differences in deposition of the woman's complaint, particularly regarding the timing of the incident.
"She has levelled allegations of her modesty being outraged in the complaint but while deposing on oath, she did not utter a single word about that. In her cross-examination, she admitted that she had not moved any complaint to the police. She also admitted that she had not reported the incident to any higher authority," said the order.
Praveen Kumar had also lodged an FIR against the woman for interfering in discharge of his public duties on May 22, 2008.
The court ordered that no charge could be framed against the accused and hence disposed of the case.