A day after the Election Commission announced the dates for assembly polls in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) found itself in a controversy as the Borivali police booked one of its leader for allegedly raping a clerk of a Mumbai suburban law college.
The Borivali police in Mumbai are investigating the charges of rape that the woman pressed against NCP leader Laxman Dhobale, who is also a former minister of state.
"The complainant stated that Dhobale would call her in his office cabin and would force her to perform sexual activities. The woman alleged that Dhobale had some obscene pictures and raped her between 2011 and January 2013 by threatening her," said Balsingh Rajput, deputy commissioner of police, zone XI.
The police said that they have registered a case based on the woman's complaint and will be conducting investigations.
Meanwhile, Dhobale, while speaking to the media, said that the complainant was facing misappropriation charges which were being probed, and that is why she levelled allegations against him.
Dhobale has been booked under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code. The police said they will arrest Dhobale only after investigations are made.