Home minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader RR Patil has initiated an investigation against a Member of Legislative Assembly from his own party, Dilip Wagh, for allegedly raping a woman at a guest house in Nashik, 185-kilometers northeast to Mumbai, on Thursday.
“A case has been filed against Wagh and I have asked the local police to investigate the matter,” Patil said on Friday.
Government sources said Wagh, who was elected from Pachora constituency in Jalgaon district, raped an Aurangabad based girl at a guesthouse in Nashik on Thursday.
Wagh’s assistant, Mahesh Mali, who was with him during the incident has also been booked.
After the incident, the girl complained to the nearby Sarkarwada police station late on Thursday night after which the offence was registered.
According to her complaint, Wagh had asked her to come to the guesthouse on the pretext of getting her a job.
Patil has said that although Wagh is from his party the case will be probed in an impartial manner. “All are equal before the law and the police,” Patil said.
This is not the first time that Wagh is under the scanner.
In April 2010, Right to Information activist and advocate from Jalgaon, Abhay Patil, who has filed several complaints of corruption against Wagh, had a mob attack his house allegedly at Wagh’s behest, because the legislator wanted Patil to withdraw his complaints.
Patil’s wife, a woman police constable, later alleged that when she had asked the police for help, they implicated her in a fake case and suspended her.