Following an inquiry by a special investigating team (SIT), the Chandigarh police has held that no cognisable offence is made out against senior Haryana IAS officer, SN Roy, who was accused of sexual abuse by a Panchkula woman.
Absolving the IAS officer, the UT police has filed the complaint against him and subsequently informed Haryana DGP.
The inquiry report of SIT headed by UT superintendent of police (HQ), Urvija Goel, was submitted to the deputy district attorney, legal for examination.
“After examining documents and material available on record vis-à-vis report submitted by the SIT, the deputy district attorney legal gave an opinion that at this stage no cognisable offence was found to be made out. Hence, the complaint has been filed,’’ said a communication sent by UT, inspector general of police to Haryana DGP.
After a complaint was received from the Panchkula woman in February 2015, the Haryana police had ordered an inquiry by DG, Crime, KP Singh into the charges of sexual abuse against the IAS officer. However, later in April, the matter was transferred to Chandigarh Police as the complainant expressed lack of faith in Haryana police. The Haryana government had in April asked Roy to proceed on leave pending an inquiry by the Chandigarh police.
During the course of inquiry by the Chandigarh police, summons were served several times to the complainant to join the inquiry but she refused to join the probe, said the inquiry report.
Complaint and counter complaint
The woman had alleged in her complaint that the IAS officer entered into physical relations on the pretext of marrying her and made false statements about his marital status.
On the other hand, the IAS officer in his complaint had accused the Panchkula woman of trying to extort money from him by threatening to implicate him in a false case. Roy said the woman was herself married and involved in litigations with her husband over maintenance rights for herself and her minor child and rights in the property of her husband. He also questioned that when she herself is claiming to be the wife of a person, how can she be allured into establishing physical relations on the pretext of marriage. A Supreme Court ruling was also cited by the IAS officer in this regard.
Justice DK Jain and justice JS Khehar of the SC, while quashing the criminal proceedings against the accused in a similar matter in 2013 had held that an inducement for marriage is understandable if the same is made to an unmarried person.
“The assertion made by complainant that the accused had physical relations with her on the assurance that he would marry her is per se false and unacceptable. She more than anybody else, was aware that she had a subsisting valid marriage.
Accordingly, there was no question of anyone inducing her into a physical relationship under an assurance of marriage. We are satisfied that the assertion made by the complainant that she was induced to a physical relationship by accused on the basis of a promise to marry her, stands irrefutably falsified,” the apex court ruled.