A 53-year-old owner of a placement agency, accused of raping a girl looking for a job, has been let off with a court here finding her testimony untrustworthy.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna acquitted Bihar native and placement agency owner M P Singh of rape charges after it emerged that there was some monetary dispute between the two parties.
"The deposition of prosecutrix does not appear to be convincing, trustworthy and as admitted by the prosecutrix herself, there were some dues pending against the accused and she visited the office of the accused due to the money dispute," the court said.
The prosecution case was that the alleged victim visited Singh's office on July 27, 2008 and told him that she was looking for a job in Delhi.
Singh took her to his hostel, where he used to house job-aspirants, and offered her a cold-drink laced with alcohol, said the police adding after taking the drink, she got intoxicated and went to sleep and Singh raped her in her sleep.
Another girl who too had met Singh for a job, however, deposed as a defence witness and testified that she along with her aunt had come to Delhi in search of work on July 26, 2008. She said there were eight other job aspirant girls and some boys staying in the hostel maintained by the accused.
The girl told the court that she stayed at the hostel till July 30, 2008 and no incident of rape ever took place during her stay there and also that the accused never came to the hostel while she was there.