Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Minister Ravela Kishore Babu’s son Susheel and his driver were on Saturday booked for allegedly molesting a 20-year-old woman teacher in Banjara Hills here, police said.
It is alleged that Susheel and his driver M. Ramesh followed the victim in their car, passed lewd comments and tried to pull her inside the vehicle on Thursday evening. The woman claimed that she raised an alarm following which her husband, who was nearby, and some locals gathered at the spot and beat up the accused.
After a complaint by the teacher, police had registered a case related to eve-teasing against the car driver though she had on Friday accused both the Minister’s son and the driver of misbehaving with her. Police said on Saturday that the accused were later also booked under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code related to molestation following recording of statements.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) A. Venkateshwera Rao told PTI that the case was registered under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC against Susheel and Ramesh.
While Susheel claimed innocence and alleged that the case was “politically-motivated”, his father had said police probe will reveal the truth and he will “not interfere” in the matter.
The complainant had alleged that a car with ‘MLA’ sticker followed her when she was passing through Road No.13 while on her way to school on Thursday evening. The driver of the car and another occupant, who were drunk, passed remarks and asked her to come inside the car while one person with a tattoo on his hand tried to pull her inside the vehicle, she alleged.
On Friday, the woman also claimed to have identified the photo of the Minister’s son as the one who held her hand and tried to pull her inside the car.
Both were thrashed
“Initially, the woman in her complaint to police named the car driver as Appa Rao, but his name is actually M. Ramesh, who was thrashed by the locals along with another occupant [Susheel] and he was in a state of unconsciousness and injured,” Mr. Rao said.
During the course of investigation and after recording statements, the sections have been altered to 354 and 509 of the IPC, the DCP said adding notices have already been served to the duo asking them to appear before police in the next 48 hours.
He will be questioned
During the probe, the name of the second occupant of the car was revealed as Susheel, he said. “We will question him.”
The car driver too had lodged a complaint with police after he and Susheel were “manhandled” by the locals. “Our police team went to the spot after coming to know that two people were being beaten up by local residents,” Mr. Rao said adding police will act as per law and proceed accordingly.
There is no political interference, he has said.
Claiming innocence, Susheel, in a post on a social networking website said he had stopped the car to pick up a puppy on the road and suddenly “without any provocation” the teacher created a scene and they were manhandled.
Source : The Hindu