Mumbai: Advertising agency owner had consumed coke, alleges five-star rape survivor

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 11:20am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The 32-year old boutique owner who was raped by a non-resident Indian in a five-star hotel on Saturday has alleged that the accused had consumed cocaine before committing the offence.

If this claim is found to be true, the Worli police might book the 48-year-old under the Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act as well.

“The accused, Rajesh Iyer, is an NRI who owns an advertising firm. The victim had alleged that before raping her, Iyer had snorted cocaine using a Rs100 note in the hotel room,” said deputy commissioner of police, zone 3, Vinayak Deshmukh.

He added, “We have sent his blood and urine samples for medical examination. If the medical report confirms the presence of cocaine, we will take action accordingly and charge him under the NDPS Act. We will also investigate from where he procured the drug.”

In her complaint, the victim has also alleged that Iyer tried to sexually abuse her twice. “The victim claims she tried to call the hotel’s reception desk before she was sexually abused, but Iyer had disconnected the phone in the room. When he tried to sexually assault her again, the victim claims she resisted and pushed Iyer back. Later, Iyer agreed to let her go,” said an officer from the Worli police station.

The officer added, “After coming out of the hotel, the victim first informed the hotel staff and then the police control room about the incident. A police team then reached the spot and took Iyer to the police station.”

The police have seized a passport, laptop, mobile phone, watch, a rolled Rs100 note, a cigarette lighter, Indian and foreign currency and condoms from Iyer’s bag. He will be in police custody till December 11, the police said.

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