Delhi court grants bail to man accused of raping minor girl

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court has granted bail to a man accused of raping a minor girl citing inconsistencies and discrepancies with the victim’s statement and inefficient evidence collection by investigating authorities. The 17-year-old (at the time of incident) victim had alleged that the accused, Harpreet Singh had after befriending her drugged and raped her. The victim had further accused Harpreet of blackmailing her with indecent photographs that he had allegedly taken without her consent. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAs per the FIR registered by Delhi Police based on the victim’s complaint, Harpreet befriended her outside her tuition centre and following brief encounters took her to a flat in Mahavir Nagar, where he gave her a bottle of spiked cold-drink. The victim went on to accuse Harpreet of raping her and taking indecent photographs of her while she was unconscious. In her statement recorded under Section 164 of the CrPc, the victim said that Harpreet allegedly blackmailed her with the photos and threatened to release them on social media. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHowever, arguing for the accused, defense counsel Ravi Drall pointed out that Harpreet had taken a loan of Rs 5 lakh from the family and further argued that the victim’s family was misusing the legal system to frame his client because he was unable to pay the loan amount back. While passing the order, the judge also mentioned that discrepancies came up with the victim’s statement of facts under cross-examination and that there was no medical report to back up the prosecution’s case. The judge also said that investigators in the case had failed to look into the allegations that Harpreet was blackmailing the victim on Facebook. Harpreet was granted bail on a bond of Rs 35,000, provided he does not reside within 25 km of the victim’s registered place of residence and complies with other conditions of the bail. The accused was in custody for the last 10 months.last_img

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