Delhi Police arrest woman who ‘honey-trapped’ BJP MP KC Patel, alleged rape

BJP MP KC Patel had filed a complaint with Delhi Police allegeing that the woman drugged him and took his pictures to blackmail him later. The woman had filed a complaint of rape against the MP.

delhi Updated: May 02, 2017 23:01 IST
Ananya Bhardwaj
Ananya Bhardwaj
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Delhi Police interrogated her on Tuesday morning and said she was incoherent when asked to give a sequence of events.

Police arrested on Tuesday morning a woman lawyer who allegedly honey-trapped BJP parliamentarian KC Patel and blackmailed him to cough up Rs 5 crore.

The woman was allegedly dodging a Delhi Police request to record her statement and a medical test after she filed last week a counter-complaint in a city court, accusing the MP for Valsad in Gujarat of rape.

The BJP leader has alleged in his police complaint that the woman befriended him and took him to her home in Ghaziabad to meet her family. He said she gave him a spiked drink, clicked objectionable pictures of him in an unconscious state, and threatened to make the photos public if he didn’t pay up.

Sources said she was questioned for almost three hours at North Avenue police station after a notice was served to her on Tuesday morning to join the probe.

“She was asked about their friendship that reportedly dates back to 2015. Also, she was asked why there were cameras installed in her bedroom,” a police source said.

The investigators were not satisfied her testimony, which they said was incoherent. She was arrested for her alleged shifting statements and refusal to do a medical test to prove her accusation that she was raped multiple times by the MP.

“We sought five days police custody which was agreed by the court,” special commissioner of police MK Meena said.

Parliamentarian Patel had alleged that she was part of a racket that targeted politicians. A case of extortion was registered against her on the basis of the MP’s complaint.

Police said the woman is suspected to have extorted money from more than 15 politicians and businessmen.

Investigators were going slow on her complaint of rape, despite the government bringing in tough laws to deal with the crime, because the lawyer made a similar accusation against a Haryana MP last September and retracted her statement later.

“She couldn’t answer why she withdrew the previous rape case filed at Tilak Marg police station. We are checking her credentials. She must furnish details to prove she is a practicing lawyer,” a police officer said.

First Published: May 02, 2017 10:59 IST