Gurgaon woman who claimed rape booked for extortion, blackmail

Gurgaon, March 15 (IANS) A woman who had filed two rape cases against Gurgaon deputy mayor Parminder Kataria has now been booked on charges of extortion and blackmailing Gurgaon BJP legislator Umesh Aggarwal, police said on Tuesday

Kataria has also filed a similar police complaint against the woman, a resident of Laxman Vihar area.

Aggarwal filed a police complaint on charges of extortion, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code against the woman and a man named Sandeep Panchal at the Sector 5 police station.

Aggarwal, in his complaint, said Panchal, who was a junior programme clerk at the Gurgaon election office and who was suspended last year after some allegations, contacted and requested him to listen to the woman as she had submitted an affidavit in court to take back all charges against Kataria.

He said both parties were called on November 6 last year. After that meeting, Panchal threatened that the woman may file some complaint against him too.

Aggarwal said the woman had married twice and later divorced both her husbands after settlement.

He alleged that the sole aim of the woman was to earn money through blackmail.

The woman had written a letter to many BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah alleging Aggarwal was shielding Kataria.

This was the fifth complaint registered over the issue.

The woman earlier filed three complaints — two of rape and one of assault, and Kataria had filed one on extortion and other similar charges on February 3.

On October 24, 2015, the woman filed a case of rape and criminal intimidation against Kataria and two others.

On December 1, she filed an affidavit in the district court, saying she was known to Kataria and his family and did not want any action against them.

Kataria was booked for the second time on January 20 on charges of raping the woman after promising to marry her. The woman had filed a similar complaint in October last year.

The second case was registered after the woman’s lawyer sent a legal notice to Gurgaon’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Saharan for contempt of the Supreme Court’s directions.

The woman alleged that Kataria visited her house in December and again sexually assaulted her.

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