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Rohit Tilak’s interim bail extended in alleged rape case

In her application, the complainant has attached a list of 201 possible pieces of evidence, that could incriminate Tilak in the case.

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2017 11:32 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Rohit Tilak(PTI)

Congressman Rohit Tilak’s interim bail was extended for a day as Nandu Phadke, his legal council, asked for a copy of the application against Tilak’s anticipatory bail made by the complainant in the rape case against him. While Tilak’s supporters are confident of the case’s disposal, the police are hoping to acquire his custody.

Police inspector (PI) Sangeeta Patil of Women’s Cell of Pune police was given the investigation charge in the case on Friday, when his bail was extended for three days.

Advocate Phadke’s argument during the hearing, which went on for 15 minutes on Monday, was based on the fact that the complainant’s lawyer had not provided a copy of their application challenging Tilak’s anticipatory bail. Justice LL Yenkar granted 24 hours for the camp supporting Tilak, a direct descendant of freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

“The police are in complete support and asking for his custody in order to investigate the claims made by the complainant,” said PI Patil.

In her application, the complainant has attached a list of 201 possible pieces of evidence, that could incriminate Tilak in the case, she said. The application reads,“The complainant has been threatened with acid attack in broad daylight to withdraw the complaint. The complainant has been provided police protection at the insistence of the court considering the gravity of the threat to the complainant.”

The application also lists 13 reasons, including the destruction of medical evidence and medical reports from Sassoon hospital, based on which the anticipatory bail to Tilak should be cancelled.

“The medical examination report by Sassoon hospital conducted by the police has supported the case of the complainant,” reads a part of the application. The application also names two other people working for Tilak who were witness to Tilak’s alleged treatment of the victim. One of the two, the complainant claims, bought a mangalsutra’ - a traditional ornament worn by married women -on Tilak’s behalf for the complainant.

The complainant held a press conference on Monday morning and played a recorded phone conversation, which she claims was between Tilak and herself, in which Tilak used derogatory language while addressing her in Marathi.

The complainant has also levelled allegations and filed a complaint under Section 228(A) against Tilak and his wife Pranati for circulating pictures of her among social circles through WhatsApp.

The court will hear Advocate Phadke’s argument in the anticipatory bail plea on behalf of Tilak on Tuesday evening. The rape case, based on the 41-year-old complainant’s allegations, was filed by the woman in the late hours of July 17. Tilak was granted anticipatory bail on July 21. He has maintained radio silence in the case.

After claiming that it is an attempt to malign Tilak’s image, the Tilak camp has maintained complete silence on the issue and have not yet presented their side of the incidents sited by the complainant.

First Published: Aug 01, 2017 11:32 IST