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Rape accused IPS officer questioned by police, says allegations baseless

Mumbai: Senior IPS officer Sunil Paraskar, accused of rape and molestation by a model-turned-actress,
was today grilled for nearly four hours during which he denied the charges levelled against him, police said today.

Paraskar (DIG), who came alone to record his statement at 12.30 pm to Mumbai Police headquarters, was questioned by Deputy Police Commissioner (Crime) Sharada Raut and Assistant Police Commissioner Kala Gavit.

 Rape accused IPS officer questioned by police, says allegations baseless

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"Paraskar's version was recorded today and as the probe progresses, he will be called again if required," Joint Police Commissioner (Crime branch) Sadanand Date said.

On his way to record his statement, Paraskar told the media at the police headquarters that the allegations against him were "baseless".

According to police sources, during the questioning Paraskar admitted that the victim and he shared friendship, but denied allegations that he committed any offence.

Responding to a question, Date said, "The victim did not report any threat to her life from anybody. However, the victim is usually provided security in such cases and hence she was given protection."

The victim's supplementary statement had already been also recorded. "We have also submitted a preliminary probe report to state government and state Director General of Police on 25 July," he added.

Date parried a question when asked if the investigators would oppose Paraskar's anticipatory bail application on 31 July in court, but added, "Our views will be guided by the findings we make during the course of investigation."

57-year-old Paraskar had on Friday filed an anticipatory bail application before the Sessions court here which granted him interim protection till 31 July.

As the investigators had last week written to a magistrate to record the 25-year-old victim's statement under CrPC 164 and the magistrate had given them time in the first week of August.

"The victim's statement would be recorded under CrPC 164 in the first week of August," Date added.
The statement, recorded under CrPC 164 in front of a Metropolitan Magistrate or Judicial Magistrate, is treated as authentic and is admissible in court.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 29, 2014 09:48:31 IST