Rohit Tilak’s anticipatory bail in rape case extended till July 31
The 41-year-old woman, who filed the rape case against the direct descendant of freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak, asked for the anticipatory bail to be cancelled on grounds of destruction of medical evidencepune Updated: Jul 29, 2017 11:51 IST
The interim anticipatory bail of Congressman Rohit Tilak was extended till July 31 by Additional Sessions Judge Justice AK Patil on Friday. The 41-year-old woman who filed the rape case against the direct descendant of freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak was present in the court along with Tilak and his wife Pranati Tilak.
Tilak was granted interim anticipatory bail for a week on July 21 by Justice LL Yenkar who was on leave on Friday. The complainant asked for the anticipatory bail to be cancelled on grounds of destruction of medical evidence. She claimed that during the alleged rape, she had scratched and bitten him on one of his arms and his shoulder. The marks, she said, will disappear with time, thus, destroying the evidence.
Tilak’s lawyer, advocate Nandu Phadke dismissed the charges as false.
The complainant and her legal representative, Tosif Shiekh, submitted a thick collection of printouts of her chats with Tilak along with other possible evidences.
While requesting for a copy of the evidence and application against Tilak’s bail plea, advocate Nandu Phadke said, “You can understand our anxiety given the size of the file the complainant has submitted.”
The complainant told the court that she and some other witnesses were being threatened in the case. After hearing both the sides, the judge said that the investigation officer (IO) who was present, will take whatever is necessary into consideration.
The case was moved from the Vishrambaug police station to the women’s cell on Friday. Former IO, assistant police inspector Varsha Shinde as well as the new IO, senior police inspector Sangeeta Patil were present in the court.
While the Khadki police has a record of assault by Tilak on the complainant in the month of May, advocate Phadke, while speaking to Hindustan Times said that there have been other cases by her where Tilak was acquitted. However, he could not provide exact details of these cases.
The complainant also asked for police action against Tilak and his wife for circulating pictures of her on social media.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
May 3: Police record of assault by Tilak on the complainant
July 17: Rohit Tilak booked for rape and unnatural sex
July 21: Interim anticipatory bail granted
July 28: Interim anticipatory bail extended
July 31: Next hearing in the case