UP govt moves court to drop rape-dacoity case against SP leader

Manish Sahu

The UP government has moved court for withdrawal of a rape and dacoity case lodged against Samajwadi Party's Kasganj district unit president Vikram Singh and others registered at Dholna police station in 2006, when Mulayam Singh Yadav was the chief minister.

The application has been moved in an Etah court where the matter is pending.

Vikram Singh, a history-sheeter, alleged that the case against him is politically motivated.

The victim's family, however, claimed that the accused began pressuring them to withdraw the case ever since the Akhilesh government came to power.

"Following the harassment, we left Kasganj and moved to Aligarh," said the victim's husband, who is the complainant in the case.

On September 6, 2006, the Dholna police had registered an FIR against Vikram Singh and 14 others on charges of dacoity and rape. The case was registered on court's direction.

Six days later, the police filed a closure report in the case in a local court of Etah. The complainant, however, lodged a protest against the closure report.

Victim's lawyer Vijay Kumar Saxena said that after the protest application was filed, the court summoned the complainant and recorded his statement. Later, it also recorded the statement of the rape victim and other witnesses in the case. He added the court had also later summoned all 15 accused who are yet to appear before the court.

Government counsel Yogendra Kumar said that while the matter was being heard, the state government has moved the withdrawal application in the court. While the court has fixed January 9 as the next date for hearing the application, it has also directed the complainant to file his reply.

According to the complainant, on July 8, 2006, when his two children were playing outside, Vikram Singh and his associates allegedly came to his house with weapons. They attacked him and took the jewellery and money kept in a box. He added the accused also raped his wife after dragging her into one of the rooms.

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