Jharkhand police arrested on Tuesday National Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) chairman Balvir S Tomar from his Jaipur house on charges of attempt to rape a Ranchi-based student two years ago.
The case was lodged in February 2015 by the NIMS University scholar, who accused Tomar, now 70 years old, of indecent advances during a Ranchi event and, later, on her return to the campus hostel here.
The victim alleged that Tomar misbehaved with her at the Jharkhand capital in October 2014 during the launch of a news channel in which Tomar had a stake. After the function, Tomar called her to his hotel room in a Ranchi hotel and spoke of sending her to Europe under a student exchange programme, she claimed, adding the NIMS chairman made “several indecent advances”.
The complainant alleged that Tomar went on to seek “sexual favours” from her after she came back to the NIMS hostel here.
On Tuesday, the district and sessions court in Jaipur rejected a transit bail application Tomar filed, and directed the police to take him to Ranchi after ensuring he was fit to travel.
In March last year, Tomar filed an anticipatory bail, which a woman fast track court at Ranchi rejected—and issued arrest warrant against him.
Later, the Jharkhand High Court cancelled the warrant. At this, the fast track court issued fresh arrest warrant against Tomar on July 4 last year after the police submitted Tomar’s explanation to the court on the High Court’s direction as furnished by Tomar’s counsel.
On Tuesday, Ranchi police said the accused failed to appear before the station. “We had also searched for Tomar in several areas and finally we received the tip-off that he was in Jaipur,” inspector Bhola Prasad Singh. “Our team arrested him in the morning from his home.”
The controversy took a curious turn in March later when another NIMS scholar lodged a complaint against the father of the Ranchi girl. Deepika Rawat claimed Virender Kumar Tripathy tried to outrage her modesty at gunpoint.