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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Model rape case: DIG names 13 ‘witnesses’ in letter to cops

Saurabh M Joshi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 05, 2014
First Published: 23:19 IST(5/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:21 IST(5/8/2014)

Deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Sunil Paraskar, who has been accused of sexual assault and molestation by a 26-year-old model, submitted a list of 13 people and requested the crime branch to record  their statements in the case.

In the letter addressed to Kala Gavit, assistant commissioner of police of the crime against women (CAW) cell, Paraskar has named his wife, two journalists, manager and staff of a hotel in Bandra where they ate together, and a photographer who shot the woman’s pictures in a bikini on Holi.

In the letter, Paraskar said that two constables of Malwani police station, who were on duty at Madh Island, had objected to her shoot on the day of Holi, to which the model had used her name to get her work done.

The list also includes the name of two senior inspectors of Dindoshi and Goregaon police stations, who knew the model in connection with her cases in the past.

Paraskar has also alleged that the police did not read out his  final statement to him.

“On July 28, when I had requested you to kindly read the statement to me, which was being recorded by you/your writers and notes were being taken of the same, I was told that it was not possible to do so as it is a long statement and would be reduced into writing later and be sent to me for reading it over,” Paraskar said in his letter, the copy of which is with Hindustan Times.

The letter further said only half of the video-recorded statement has been quoted in the anticipatory bail application proceedings and some incorrect version of his statement is being put before the court.

Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police, crime, said, “I will check if a letter has been sent to the CAW [by the DIG]. We will take the statements of those whose names have been mentioned in it. We will certainly read out his statement to him after the final recording is done.”


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