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Sunil Paraskar case: Charge sheet likely by month-end

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 6:40am IST | Agency: dna

The Mumbai crime branch is on the verge of wrapping up its investigation into a rape case registered against IPS officer Sunil Paraskar and is likely to file a charge sheet by the end of this month. The police will file the charge sheet on the basis of evidence gathered as Paraskar has refused to undergo any scientific tests, including a layered voice analysis.

The sensational case involves a 25-year-old model, who in a complaint filed in July this year, had alleged that Paraskar had molested and sexually assaulted her in December 2013. According to her, she had first met Paraskar regarding a case in 2012, when he was additional commissioner of police in north region.

"We are wrapping up the investigation in the case. A charge sheet is likely to be filed by the end of this month," Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police, crime, told dna.

Paraskar, a deputy inspector general of police, had filed a pre-arrest bail application on July 25, a week after an FIR was registered against him at Malwani police station under sections 376(2) (rape by a police officer), 376 C (intercourse by superintendent of jail, remand home, etc) and 354(D) (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code. Recently, the top cop was granted pre-arrest bail, observing that the complainant's behaviour and her email exchanges with him had indicated consent.

Posted at the Protection of Civil Rights department at the DGP office when the complaint was filed, Paraskar was suspended last month, while a preliminary inquiry has been initiated against him to determine if he had committed administrative lapses while dealing with the victim before the complaint. Based on the inquiry report, state police chief Sanjeev Dayal will decide whether a departmental inquiry should be initiated against Paraskar.

According to the police, Paraskar travelled with the model beyond his jurisdiction to Navi Mumbai and accepted expensive gifts from her without prior permission of his superiors.

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