Deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Sunil Paraskar has been found guilty of professional misconduct in a preliminary inquiry conducted by joint commissioner of police (administration) Vivek Phansalkar.
“The report of the inquiry has been sent to the director general of police’s (Maharashtra) office,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity. The DGP will recommend a departmental inquiry against Paraskar and forward it to the state government, said the official.
The preliminary inquiry had been ordered against Paraskar after a 26-year-old model had levelled charges of rape against him, while he was posted as additional commissioner of police (north region) in the Mumbai police commissionerate.
In the FIR, the model had alleged that Paraskar took a watch worth Rs70,000 from her after he helped her file an FIR in connection with an escort agency case. The model had alleged that someone was using her photograph on a website to run the racket. She further claimed that around November/December last year, Paraskar had taken her to a flat in Thane and molested her.
Following the incident, Paraskar allegedly took the model to meet a real estate agent and then to Madh Island, and raped her. During one of the incidents, Paraskar had allegedly used his official car, which according to sources, was a breach of service rules.
The model has further claimed that in February this year, Paraskar had gifted her an iPhone and had started pressurising her into getting him a return gift. “Due to Paraskar’s help, an FIR was registered by the Goregaon police,” she claimed, adding that she had sent him two photographs of watches to choose from.
Apart from the watch, the model had also gifted Paraskar a wallet, a pen and a perfume, worth about Rs57,000. Through the investigation, Paraskar maintained the case is false and that he did not molest or rape the model.