IAS summoned in molestation case
A city court has issued summons to an IAS officer, currently posted in the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, for allegedly molesting and abusing a woman in the Capital in 2003. The court directed the officer, Puneet Kumar, to appear before it on January 19, 2008. "Keeping in view the material on record, prima facie case is made out," said the court. The court, however, did not find any case of criminal intimidation against Kumar, as alleged by the complainant.
The complainant, Madhu (name changed), had alleged the accused, her brother-in-law, slapped her on her buttock when she was alone in his room, where she had gone to retrieve her dowry items. She has also accused him of speaking to her in filthy language.
In her complaint, Madhu said on the evening of September 1, 2003 she went to Kumar's official residence at Tilak Lane along with a female police officer to collect her dowry items, which had been kept by Kumar. The search was reportedly conducted till 9.00 pm.
During the search, when the complainant was alone in a room, the accused taking benefit of this, entered the room and slapped on her buttock, Madhu alleged.
The accused also reportedly abused her and caught hold of her
and removed it from her body. He also made obscene gestures towards her and when she shouted for help, the accused allegedly came in front of her and prevented her from moving towards the door.
Kumar's counsel Mukesh Kalia, refuted the charges and said they would prove it was wrong when they filed their reply.
"There is no substance in her complaint. The case has been investigated earlier and was closed by the police that found her statement could not be corroborated with any independent witnesses," Kalia, added.
"She has filed a plethora of cases against me in a very systematic manner after her marriage failed. She is from a very influential family and she was being helped by a very senior officer in doing so. I have never even harassed my in-laws for dowry, why would I harass her," said Kumar, in his defence. Madhu is married to the brother of Kumar's wife.
In a separate case prior to her molestation complaint, Madhu had accused Kumar of harassing her for dowry and withholding her belongings at his place. The defence said the molestation case is an outshoot of the same. Earlier, the police had filed a cancellation report in the case.
It was, however, reconsidered after Madhu filed a protest petition.
"Why would a woman from a decent family file a false case of molestation against anyone? The court is taking cognisance only after going through the records," refuted KK Manan, counsel for the complainant.