Former Union minister booked for rape

Noida: Ashok Pradhan, a former Union minister, who quitted BJP to join Samajwadi Party in April 2014, was booked in a rape and attempt to murder case after a 24-year-old woman embroiled in a marital dispute filed a police complaint against him.

Former Union minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee ministry.
Former Union minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee ministry.

The complainant also claims her abuse started nearly eleven months ago, just a year after she got married and started living with her husband and his family in Noida.

She alleges she was raped by Pradhan in the house and, on another occasion, by her father-in-law who spiked her drink with sedatives. She claims she moved out of the house to escape the abuse. She also accuses Pradhan of threatening to get her family members killed if she told anyone about the sexual assault.

According to R N Verma, the investigating officer, the FIR was filed by Noida police after Delhi Police registered a Zero FIR and forwarded it. The victim also said that she lodged a complaint in Delhi’s Model Town on September 14 after she tried to get a case registered in Noida but failed. The Zero FIR was sent to Noida on September 25.

“We are conducting an investigation into the case,” said R N Verma.

Pradhan, in the past, had won Lok Sabha elections four-times as BJP candidate from Khurja, Uttar Pradesh and joined the SP in 2014, denied the allegations, saying this was a dispute between two families he knew and his name had been dragged into this to malign him.

Noting that Pradhan, was a minister of state for various ministries in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Vajpayee ministry.

TST