Rape allegation: Akali delegation meets top cop, demands Bains’ arrest
A delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, including former ministers, met commissioner of police Rakesh Agrawal on Wednesday, and demanded the immediate arrest of Lok Insaaf Party chief Simarjeet Singh Bains, who has been accused of rape.
The delegation includes SAD district president Ranjit Singh Dhillon, former ministers Maheshinder Singh Grewal, and Hira Singh Gabria, and former SAD MLA Harish Rai Dhanda.
“Recently, the police had launched a programme where they had promised to help rape victims get speedy justice and rehabilitate them. Is the 44- year-old woman who was tortured by the MLA not a rape victim? Police must act or we will continue our agitation,” said Grewal, adding that he did not think that the police were working under pressure.
Lauding the victim’s bravery, Dhanda said, “Not only did Bains subject the victim to rape and exploitation, but also threatened and intimidated her. We will not rest till justice is delivered.”
Dhillon said at a time when the state machinery is denying justice to a victim, it is the court of law that comes to the rescue and restored the faith of the people in the system. However, despite the court’s orders the police is yet to act.
The Akali leaders had recently staged a dharna in front of the police commissioner’s office and also gheraoed the residence of food and civil supplies minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu.
Allegations a conspiracy to tarnish my image: Bains
Meanwhile, Bains called the allegations “a political conspiracy by the SAD” to tarnish his image. He said he had full faith in the judicial system.
On the SAD’s call for his arrest, Bains said,”No court ordered my arrest. The police have been directed to register a case and investigate the matter. Meanwhile, I will continue to work in my office as usual.”