Two politicians, one from the BJP and one other from the MNS, on Thursday complained of harassment by the girl who has accused NCP chief and Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde of rape.
The disclosure by BJP chief Krishna Hegde and MNS’ Manish Dhuri got here an hour after NCP president Sharad Pawar mentioned that the allegations in opposition to Munde have been critical and the occasion would take a choice on the difficulty after inner consultations.
While the BJP has been demanding Munde’s resignation, the allegations of a honey entice try made in opposition to the complainant by a BJP chief could have given Munde some respiratory area for now.
“The allegations are serious and naturally, we as a party, have to take a decision. I have not had a word with the party leaders on this issue and will soon have a discussion. Munde had met me and told me his side of the story. It is my responsibility to make my party leaders aware about what he told me and then formulate our next course of action,” Pawar informed mediapersons in Mumbai.
A lady who claims to be Munde’s sister-in-law has accused the minister of rape. Munde, nonetheless, has denied the allegation and claimed that he’s being blackmailed by the complainant and her sister with whom he was in a relationship and has two youngsters.
With the rising clamour for his resignation, Munde and Pawar had a one-on-one assembly on Wednesday.
“He informed me concerning the allegations… He mentioned that he shared a detailed relationship with an individual
and the allegations have been levelled in opposition to him by the identical individual. A criticism was lodged in opposition to him and an inquiry into it has hopefully commenced. It appears he had an concept that such allegations could be made and had beforehand approached the HC with reference to this matter,” Pawar mentioned.
Maintaining that no injustice could be achieved to anybody, he added: “As the party head, we will have to take a decision and also ensure that no injustice is done to anyone.”
Maharashtra NCP president and state Minister Jayant Patil mentioned Munde wouldn’t resign simply because somebody has made allegations in opposition to him. Patil added that any conclusion needs to be reached primarily based solely on the end result of the police probe. He additionally mentioned up to now, there was neither any dialogue within the occasion over Munde’s resignation nor has the latter supplied to resign.
Soon after Pawar spoke, former Congress MLA Krishna Hegde, who had joined the BJP in 2017, approached the Amboli police and filed lodged a criticism of harassment in opposition to the girl. He claimed that the identical lady has tried to honey entice him in 2010.
“The woman had been calling and messaging me since 2010. She kept asking me to be in a relationship with her. I had always turned down her request to meet,” Hegde mentioned in his criticism to the police. “This harassment went on to the point of stalking.”
“I am informed that a few more persons have been honey-trapped and money has been extorted,” he added.
Hegde mentioned that the harassment, messages and telephone calls went on until 2015, and that he averted taking the calls. The lady abruptly messaged him once more on January 6 and seven on WhatsApp, he mentioned within the police criticism.
“Even on January 6 and 7, she sent me WhatsApp texts. I did not respond except sending her a thumbs up emoji,” Hedge added.
After he learnt that the girl has lodged a criticism of sexual harassment in opposition to Munde, Hegde approached the police.
MNS chief Mahesh Dhuri is the second politician to file a criticism in opposition to the girl at Amboli police station, accusing her of extortion and blackmail. He claimed that the girl had harassed him in 2009.
Dhuri mentioned that he was aware of the girl and steadily chatted along with her. “She wanted to use my contacts in the film industry. She had even taken me to her house in Andheri (East) on the pretext that her sister wanted to meet me. However, when I went to the apartment, I sensed something amiss, as there was nobody in the house… I feared that someone was recording me,” he informed The Indian Express. Dhuri added that he had then stopped speaking along with her.
Senior Inspector Someshwar Kamthe of Amboli police station mentioned he had obtained a criticism software from Hegde. “We have not registered any case but will act on the complaint and start investigating,” he added.
The 32-year-old lady’s lawyer, Ramesh Tripathi, mentioned that the allegations of harassment made in opposition to his consumer by Hegde and Dhuri are false and baseless.
Meanwhile, the police have initiated the process of recording the girl’s assertion in her criticism in opposition to Munde. The police mentioned that recording of her assertion is anticipated to be accomplished on Friday.