After drama, RaGa seeks 10 days to reply to police over rape remark

New Delhi  | Updated: 20 March, 2023 2:09 pm IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (file photo)

Following a high-voltage drama outside his residence, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday sought 10 days from the Delhi Police to reply to its notice over his recent remark on instances of sexual assault in the national capital.

On Sunday morning, a police team led by special commission of police (law and order) Sagarpreet Hooda visit Gandhi’s residence located at 12, Tughlak Lane to record his response to a notice already served to him on March 16 over his remark made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kashmir last month.

After spending around three hours at his residence, the commissioner returned empty handed. Speaking to the media, Hooda said that Gandhi – being an MP and a senior party leader – happens to be busy and has sought more time to draft his reply.

Hours after the police visit, Gandhi sent a four-page response to the police, stating that he would need 8-10 days to give a detailed reply to their questionnaire over his statement “women still be sexually assaulted”. Delhi police had asked him to give the details of the women who approached him regarding sexual assault.

Delhi Police had also sought the details from Rahul about the victim women whom he claimed to meet so that their identities could be ascertained, and a probe can be initiated. The police also told Rahul that they want to provide security to the victim women as well.

While questioning the intention of the Delhi Police, Rahul termed it “unprecedented” stating that agency has nothing to do with his stand on various issues including the allegations of corporate fraud and stock manipulation against the Adani Group.

In a statement, Congress called the police visit a “failed attempt” to scare the party by making “the Delhi Police a puppet”.

“This is part of the fallen conspiracy to mislead the Adani ‘Mahaghotala’. But apply as much force as you have to… You cannot run away from these questions. The country is asking – What is PM Modi’s relation with Adani?” it asked.

According to Section 202 of the Indian Penal Code, “Whoever, knowing or having reason to believe that an offence has been committed, intentionally omits to give any information respecting that offence which he is legally bound to give, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.”

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