Mahesh Negi, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from Uttarakhand’s Dwarahat constituency accused of rape, has been booked for the offence and criminal intimidation.
The case was filed in state capital Dehradun on Saturday night following a sessions court’s order. HT has a copy of the first information report (FIR).
The woman, 30, has filed a petition at the sessions court in Dehradun. She has demanded a DNA test of the legislator and her daughter, who she said was born of the relationship, to prove her allegations. She has also alleged that the police were not taking action against Negi.
Rakesh Gosain, station house officer (SHO), Nehru Colony police station, said, “A case of rape and criminal intimidation under sections 376 and 506 of the of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), respectively, has been registered against Negi and his wife Rita late at night on Saturday as per the court’s order.”
The complainant has ben booked for blackmail and a bid to extort Rs 5 crore from Negi on the basis of a complaint lodged by Rita. A probe is underway in this connection.
The woman, who accuses Negi of assaulting her over two years, welcomed the court order. “I am happy with the court order because no case was registered on the basis of my complaint against Negi and his wife.”
“I have full faith in the judiciary. So far, neither the police and nor the state administration took any action against the MLA and only penalised me,” she said.
Negi accused the woman of “misleading courts by providing fabricated facts”. “We will move court, if needed…The police are probing the matter and the truth will be unearthed soon,” he added.
The incident has sparked a political row in Uttarakhand.
Opposition Congress is attacking the state government and the ruling BJP by accusing it of not taking any action against Negi. Negi has accused the Congress of hatching a conspiracy against along with the complainant.