Textile group scion Kasliwal acquitted
A sessions court on Wednesday acquitted Abhishek Kasliwal, scion of textile group S Kumars, five years after he was arrested for allegedly raping a woman more than 50 years of age.mumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2011 03:23 IST
A sessions court on Wednesday acquitted Abhishek Kasliwal, scion of textile group S Kumars, five years after he was arrested for allegedly raping a woman more than 50 years of age.
Additional sessions judge SR Malpani-Pawar pronounced only the operative part of the order. "You are acquitted," the judge told Kasliwal (32), who appeared in the court in black trousers and a white shirt. His father, industrialist Ambuj Kasliwal, was also present in the court.
"The detailed reasons for acquittal will be known after we get a copy of the order", said Kasliwal's lawyer Shamsher Garud. Ambuj Kasliwal walked away with his son from the court without talking to the media.A copy of the judgment is expected within a week.
Abhishek was charged with raping a 52-year-old woman on March 11, 2006. He had reportedly offered her a lift in his car in south Mumbai.
He was arrested the day after the victim lodged a police complaint, stating that instead of taking her to Mumbai Central, where she wanted to be dropped, Abhishek took her to the Shriram Mills compound in Worli and allegedly raped her.
Abhishek's bail plea was turned down by the lower court following which he moved the HC which granted him liberty a month after his arrest.
However, the victim herself went missing in October 2006 despite a Bombay HC order to provide her police protection.
The failure of police to trace her prompted special public prosecutor Avdhoot Chimalkar to step down, saying he would not be able to do justice to the case.
The victim was finally traced in June 2009 after the Bombay high court pulled up the police machinery.
Police had filed a charge sheet in June 2006, in which it cited 48 witnesses, including three purported eyewitnesses who had seen Abhishek entering the mill compound with the victim on the day of the incident. The trial was conducted out of public view.