In a jolt to the image of Maharashtra police, a struggling model has accused an IPS official of rape and lodged an FIR against him at Mumbai's Malwani police station.
Sources said that the model, a resident of Goregaon, lodged the complaint on Wednesday night, alleging that she had been molested once and raped more than once in a sea-side bungalows in Madh Island located in Malad west by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Sunil Paraskar, who is presently posted in the Maharashtra police's Protection of Civil Right Cell.
She alleged that the molestation and rape took place between October and December 2013 when Paraskar was posted as additional commissioner of police, North region, Mumbai. The alleged place of offence is situated in the jurisdiction of north region.
Police commissioner Rakesh Maria said that the victim met him on Wednesday with the complaint, after which a case was registered. "We will go as per the merits of the case," Maria said.
Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police, crime said that the alleged incident dated back to 2013 and a case of molestation and rape has been registered against the IPS officer. "The investigation will be carried out by the Crime Against Women (CAW) cell of the crime branch. We would conduct a thorough probe in the case," Date said adding that a medical test was conducted on the victim on Thursday, report of which is awaited.
On why the model waited for so long to file a complaint, police sources said that Paraskar allegedly threatened the victim. The victim has also submitted SMSes and email contents in support of her complaint.
Sources said Maria has already spoken to the Director General of Police (Maharashtra) Sanjeev Dayal. They added that the Mumbai police are to send a report on the entire case to the DGP at the earliest.
Paraskar's remained incommunicado although the day.