Police may question Chattha in sexual assault case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 21:00 IST

The Kurukshetra police may soon question former minister and veteran Congress leader Harmohinder Singh Chattha in a case of alleged sexual assault.

In her complaint made to the police on Thursday, a 50-year-old woman from Pehowa town in Kurukshetra had charged Chattha with sexually exploiting her for the past more than 20 years. Meanwhile, Chattha has rubbished all charges levelled against him or his close aide.

No first-information report (FIR) has been registered by the police as the matter is being probed by a senior police official.

According to the complaint, a copy of which is in the possession of HT, the alleged victim claimed that she was forced to abort twice at the instance of Chattha.

In her two-page complaint, the woman has also charged Chattha’s son Mandeep Singh with allegedly threatening her. Mandeep had contested the recent assembly elections from Pehowa on the Congress ticket.
Besides, she has also named two close aides of Chattha for threatening her. The “victim” alleged that she did not marry at the instance of Chattha but the politician sexually abused her repeatedly.

Superintendent of police (SP) Simardeep Singh told HT over phone on Friday that deputy superintendent of police Noopur Bishnoi had been asked to look into the complaint.

“The complainant has clarified that though she was allegedly subjected to sexual assault for more than 20 years she never made any police complaint. The DSP has been directed to investigate the matter and if needed the ex-minister will be questioned in the case,” said the SP.

Early this year, a councillor from Pehowa had also accused Chattha of being indecent to her in public. But a police investigation had cleared his name as the complainant had failed to prove allegations.

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