Court asked- why the case was not filed in 9 months
On 23 November and 26 November 2018, the victims went to the Katras police station with a complaint against the BJP MLA and former MP. According to the victim, no pleas were held despite pleas from SSP, DGP and other police officials. After this, a victim also tried to commit self-immolation in front of the police station. After this, the victim resorted to the Jharkhand High Court. Hearing the petition of the victim on 28 August, the High Court had expressed surprise to the state government, DGP and SSP of Dhanbad. The next hearing of the case will be held on 22 October.
Officer wakes up after reprimand
Police officials came into action after the High Court rebuke. DGP Kamal Nayan Choubey expressed displeasure with the police officers for not taking action in the case. Explaining the matter, SSP Kishore Kaushal said that an FIR has been lodged against MLA Dhulu Mahato and former MP Ravindra Pandey. A case has been registered against MLA Dhulu Mahato and Aand Sharma for attempting to rape a District Minister victim leader. In the second FIR, Vinay Singh and Rajiv Kumar along with former MP Ravindra Pandey have been charged.
What are the charges against both the leaders?
The woman leader of the BJP has accused MLA Dhulu Mahato of inviting her to the guest house where Anand Sharma was also on the pretext of party work. When the MLA indulged in indecent behavior with her, she somehow escaped. After this, the MLAs constantly pressured them to make a connection, along with the temptation and for this, they used to call at midnight also. It is alleged that Dhulu Mahato gave mental abuse to the victim and also threatened to kill the family for not having a relationship. Former MP Ravindra Pandey is also accused of trying to force him to lure the BJP's female worker.
MLA and former MP accuse each other
On 23 November 2018, the BJP leader made a complaint against Dhulu Mahato at the Katras police station. Three days later, on 26 November, in the same police station, the second victim reached the victim with sexual harassment complaint against former MP Ravindra Pandey. Dhulu Mahato said that Ravindra Pandey had deliberately implicated him. Ravindra Pandey also said that Dhulu Mahato has conspired to trap him. One of the co-accused in the case against Ravindra Pandey, accusing Dhulu Mahato, is the husband of BJP leader who is alleged to have taken the victim to the place where she was sexually assaulted.