After directions from a local court, a first information report (FIR) was registered against a “munshi” of the Kotwali police station for allegedly raping a 28-year-old in the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) office at Baradari in 2015.
Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP), Gurmeet Singh Chauhan confirmed that the FIR under sections 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused identified as Harinderpal Singh, who is son of a police official.
The SSP said police are trying procure technical evidence before making any arrest in the case.
The court had acted tough after police gave Harinderpal a clean chit following an inquiry by DSP city Harpal Singh. Unsatisfied with the police probe — which even failed to conduct the victim’s medical examination — the court of judicial magistrate (first class), Amandeep, ordered the police to lodge the FIR on Saturday.
“Instead of lodging an FIR against the accused straightway, SSP Patiala marked i to DSP (city-1) in whose office the alleged offence had been committed,” the court had observed.
After conducting a preliminary inquiry and recording statements of the accused and complainant, the DSP in his report said no legal action was necessary at this stage.
While justifying the police action SSP Patiala, Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said there are multiple aspects in the case to be investigated.
Victim’s advocates Jagdish Sharma and Bhuvesh Tiwari claimed police were trying to “settle” the case by putting pressure on the complainant.
The victim, her mother and brother applied for a passport and Harinderpal visited their house for verification. During the verification, he took the victim’s mobile phone number and started messaging her after a few days. He even proposed her for marriage. The accused called the victim to the DSP office on a Sunday and allegedly raped her.
In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that the accused kept on delaying the marriage as his parents were against it.
He told the victim that they would tie the knot in Chandigarh and seek protection from the Punjab and Haryana high court. Again, he gave an excuse that the required documents were not in place and told the victim that they would solemnise the marriage at Naina Devi. The accused took her to Himachal Pradesh and bought her a bridal dress. Terming the victim his wife, he again developed physical relations with her, alleged the victim.
Later, the accused took the victim to Solan where they stayed for two days. However, when the victim insisted that they should disclose their marriage, the accused started evading her which prompted her to approach the police.