Ex-BJP MP Ashok Pradhan booked for rape, attempt to murder

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NOIDA, 27 Sept: Many times Politicians are booked for heinous crimes and again in the similar case Ashok Pradhan, a four-time BJP MP from Khurja constituency and now a senior Samajwadi Party leader has been booked for rape and attempt to murder.

Pradhan, a former Union minister who resigned from BJP to join SP in 2014 was booked after a 24-year-old woman embroiled in a marital dispute lodged a police complaint against him. In her complaint, the woman has also named her husband, parents-in-law, sister-in-law and one more person.

The 24-year old woman lodged a complaint in Delhi’s Model Town on September 14 after she tried to get a case registered in Noida but failed. The Zero FIR was sent to Noida on September 25.

Then the complaint was registered at Noida police station under IPC sections 354 and 376 (rape), 307 (attempt to murder) and various other sections after Delhi Police registered a Zero FIR and forwarded it.

The woman alleged that abuse started before eleven months, just a year after she got married and started living with her husband and his family in Noida.

She alleges that she was sexually harassed by Pradhan in the house and, on another occasion, by her father-in-law who spiked her drink with sedatives.

She claims that she moved out of the house to escape the abuse. She also accuses Pradhan of threatening to get her family members killed if she revealed it to anyone.

On the other side, Pradhan is saying that he will file a defamation case. “I have been friendly with both families and was instrumental in getting the two married,” he said.

“However, the marriage did not work out and the two families fell out with each other and I am now being blamed and my name dragged through muck. They are simply maligning me. I have nearly 25-30 recordings of several meetings over the last few months, when I have tried to intervene and have the matter settled amicably between the two families. I am ready to give all evidence to police and they will see there is no truth in the allegations. I will sue the family for defamation,” he added.

Wefornews Bureau

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