IAS officer granted bail in molestation case
Railway Protection Force (RPF) DIG PJ Rawal, accused of trying to outrage the modesty of an IAS officer's elder sister in an AC 1 compartment of Sampoorna Kranti Express, on Tuesday got regular bail from a railway court on a bond of Rs 10,000.
Rawal, who came to Patna on Monday, presented himself before Railway Magistrate KK Singh and sought confirmation of the police bail, as the offence was bailable. His counsel HK Monga accompanied him. Rawal had been arrested at his office in New Delhi on June 12 last and subsequently granted bail.
The railway magistrate allowed the prayer despite strong arguments against it from the Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Vinay Pratap.
Pratap said that the incident had taken place against a woman who had respect in the society. "The man who was entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring security on trains has done this in a running train. It is a serious offence and so Rawal should not be granted bail," he added.
Rawal's counsel Monga later said that since his client had been charged under bailable sections, it was his right to pray for regular bail. "The court also agreed to the plea and granted bail," he added.
Rawal had been charged under section 354 of the IPC (Assault or Criminal Force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) on the complaint of Sujata Preyasi on July 8 last. A Railway court in Patna had on July 11 issued a warrant of arrest against him.
Meanwhile, the RPF inquiry committee, comprising RPF IG Gopal Gupta and Security Commissioner (North-Eastern Railways) Jaya Chauhan, constituted on July 10 last, is also likely to submit its report on Wednesday.
The committee, constituted on the directive of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, had been asked to submit its report within seven days, which ends on Tuesday. "We are awaiting the report," said RPF Director General MK Sinha.