Deputy Inspector General of police Sunil Paraskar got a breather in a rape case on Friday after a special women's court granted him interim relief till July 31. This means that Paraskar cannot be arrested until July 31 when the court will decide on his anticipatory bail application.
A Goregaon-based model had accused Paraskar of raping her on two occasions.
The court clarified that Paraskar need not attend the police station to mark his attendance. Paraskar's advocate, Rizwan Merchant, assured the court that his client will not tamper with evidence.
Merchant argued that since the victim has claimed that she has all evidence available to prove her case, there is no need for the police to immediately arrest Paraskar simply on the basis of a complaint. "As per a recent judgment of the Supreme Court, the police need not arrest a person immediately after someone accuses him," said Merchant.
The defence advocate further claimed that the model was keen on getting into a reality TV show and was therefore trying to gain publicity by leveling allegations against a senior police official. He said during his entire career there has not been a single complaint against Paraskar.
Merchant pointed out that Paraskar had been investigating the model's role in an alleged escort racket, which the police suspected her sister was allegedly running under the garb of a beauty salon. "In connection with this case, my client was in touch with the model. Also the woman claims that she was raped on two counts, the first was in November-December 2013, while she claims that she does not remember when the alleged offence occurred the second time. The victim claimed that due to this, she suffered sleepless nights."
Merchant stated that he has evidence to show that she was in a fit state of mind. "How is it possible for a girl to work, when she claims that she is in a bad state of mind? Rather, it is shocking to know that she did not approach the police to register a complaint against my client at any time."