Friday, December 16, 2011

India: Rape victim levels allegations against prosecutor. Jet Airways airhostess accused pilot of rape. Woman says prosecutor misled her.

Mumbai, Dec 16 (PTI) Victim of a rape case, in which a former pilot of a private airline has been accused, filed an application in the sessions court today, against a lady public prosecutor, calling her conduct as "unprofessional and coercive". The victim alleged that the public prosecutor asked her not come to the court (for deposition) and said that her marriage would be arranged with the accused.

The victim has sought police investigation to see if any nexus exists between the accused Varun Agarwal, a former Jet Airways pilot and the public prosecutor. Powai police had arrested Agarwal on May 29 last year for allegedly raping a 22-year old air hostess, over a period of two years. Agarwal had later been released on bail. 

The victim said that the public prosecutor called her outside the court in June this year and asked her not to engage any advocate from her side. "The public prosecutor also told me that she had been contacted by the accused, who told her that he wants to marry me," the victim stated in the application filed through advocate Mahesh Vaswani.

Further, the victim said that the lady asked her to keep away from the investigation officer, saying he and her lawyer would mislead her and make money for themselves from the accused. "On all other dates, I had stopped contacting my advocate. During the second hearing, the court informed me that my cross-examination would start. I was shocked, as I had much to say in my evidence", said that victim.

However, advocate for the accused refused to comment on the victim's application. "These are mere allegations, and the matter is pending before the court," Laxman Kanal, who appears for the accused, said. The application is likely to come up for hearing on December 21.

A 22-Year-old Jet Airways airhostess, who had accused a pilot of rape, submitted an affidavit in a Sessions Court stating that she was misled by an assistant public prosecutor (APP) who allegedly told her that she would convince the accused to marry her.

The airhostess had, in her complaint, said pilot Varun Agarwal (27), had raped her several times since May 2009, promising to marry her.

In her affidavit filed on December 5, she has, however, stated that the APP “tried to mislead and coerce me into not getting my advocate for the hearing and wanted me to marry the rapist.”

The complainant has urged the court to direct an inquiry into the conduct of the APP who not only misled her but also wrongly recorded her evidence in the case.

“My client told me that the APP had asked her not to pursue the trial and that she should get married to him,” the victim’s lawyer, Mahesh Vaswani said. Agarwal (27) was arrested on May 29 from the domestic airport in Mumbai for allegedly raping the air hostess, who was in a live-in relationship with him. In June, a Sessions Court had granted bail of Rs 25,000 to him. 

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