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Relief for rape accused BJP MP as Jaipur court dismisses petition 

The woman, who hails from Haryana, has accused Nihal Chand Meghwal and 16 others of rape.

jaipur Updated: Oct 28, 2017 19:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
BJP MP and former Union minister of state Nihal Chand Meghwal was accused of raping a woman from Haryana.
BJP MP and former Union minister of state Nihal Chand Meghwal was accused of raping a woman from Haryana.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

In a major relief to former Union minister Nihal Chand Meghwal, a Jaipur court on Saturday dismissed a revision petition by a married woman accusing the BJP MP of rape on the grounds that an FIR on the same charges was already pending in Haryana, and so, another case was not maintainable.

Nihal Chand’s lawyer A K Jain said the police had found the rape charges to be false but registered a case against her husband and brother-in-law for subjecting her to cruelty.

“We argued (before the additional district judge) that there was already an FIR in the case in Dabwali in Haryana and that the woman’s complaint was politically motivated.

“Furthermore, her story that her sexual abuse continued for 10 months and that she got to know about it one day when she was not sedated is apparently impossible,” Jain told HT.

The woman’s counsel, Chandu Ram Yadav, said they will challenge the decision in the high court.

The woman, who hails from Haryana, has accused Meghwal and 16 others of rape. According to her statement, she was married to Om Prakash Godara from Ganganagar. The couple shifted to Jaipur where she alleged that her husband, who had political ambitions, forced her into prostitution and she was sexually abused by several men, including Meghwal.

Among those named in the case are Yogeshwar Garg, a former BJP minister, Pushpendra Bhardwaj, a former students’ union leader and additional SP Anil Rao.

A metropolitan court had dismissed her petition in February 2014 after police submitted in December 2012 that woman’s claims were untrue. Following that, she filed a revision petition in the district court.

Meghwal served as a minister of state in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet from 2014 to 2016. He was dropped from the cabinet in 2016 and it is believed that the rape charge against him was one of the reasons, apart from his unsatisfactory performance.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 19:47 IST