A Rajasthan court on Wednesday asked Union minister Nihalchand Meghwal and nine others to respond by December 6 to the revision petition in connection with a rape case which was earlier dismissed by a lower court.
Additional district judge Prakash Gupta dropped the notices against seven accused after the addresses mentioned in the complaint were found to be false. The counsels of eight others, including Meghwal, however, appeared before the court and were asked to re-appear during the next hearing on December 6. Fresh notices have been issued to the remaining two persons.
The case hit the headlines as Union minister of state for panchayati raj Nihalchand Meghwal is one of the 17 accused in a rape case which was filed by a woman four years ago, dismissed by the police and the court as fake subsequently.
After appearing before the court on Wednesday, Meghwal’s counsel AK Jain said that media had wrongly reported “notices” as “summons”.
“A notice is an opportunity of hearing and not a summons. The minister was never required to be present in court,” he said.
In 2011, a woman had filed an FIR against her husband for drugging her and letting his 16 associates, including Meghwal, sexually exploit her. In 2012, the police closed the case, stating that the charges were false.
The victim then approached court and challenged the police’s final report (FR).
The court, however, after a scrutiny found the complaint fake and subsequently admitted the police report. But, later the woman filed a protest petition in a trial court, which also dismissed her allegations as fake.
The woman then filed a revision petition in a higher court against the lower court verdict, which was scheduled for hearing on Wednesday but has been fixed for December 6 now.