Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Dilip Wagh, who was suspended after being accused of raping a 20-year-old girl in Nashik, was granted bail by the Bombay high court on Tuesday. Wagh, who was in custody for more than a month, was granted bail against the payment of Rs50,000 and two sureties worth the same amount.
The police had registered an FIR against Wagh and his personal secretary Mahesh Mali for allegedly raping the girl at the government guest house at Nashik on February 21.
The victim lodged a complaint against Wagh and Mali four days after the alleged rape. The victim alleged that Wagh had called her to the guest house under the pretext of giving her a job. Ashok Mundargi, counsel for Wagh, argued that he was being falsely framed.
Wagh and Mali fled after the complaint was lodged against them. On February 26, the Dadar police arrested Wagh from Bandra. A day later, the Sarkarwada police arrested Mali in Nashik. They were booked for rape and criminal intimidation. When the Nashik court rejected the duo's bail petition, Wagh approached the Bombay high court challenging the lower court's order.