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Bombay HC Grants Interim Pre-Arrest Bail to Army Major Accused of Rape

Lawstreet Journal 17 Aug 2020 9:18pm

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On Friday, the Bombay High Court has granted anticipatory bail to Major Aunshuman Jha charged with rape by a 28-year-old IT Engineer woman who he met on a matrimonial website. The applicant was booked under Sections 376, 377, 420 of the Indian Penal Code after a woman, aged 28, alleged him of forcing physical relationship on the promise of getting married.

Justice Bharati Dangre noted the fact that the complaint was filed more than two years after the alleged incident happened which itself creates a scope of doubt. Swastik Singh, the counsel appearing for the applicant sought ad-interim relief for him to return to the Army so he can resume his duties. He also assured the Court that the applicant will cooperate with the on-going police investigation.

According to the complainant, the army major and the woman began communicating on a matrimonial site. In April 2018, the major visited Mumbai specifically for the purpose of meeting her where he stayed in a hotel. The allegation is that the woman was taken into confidence by the applicant and it is during her visit to that hotel when the applicant forcibly tried to make physical relationship with the complainant and that he also committed 'unnatural' sexual offenses at the time.

It was argued on behalf of the applicant that the unwillingness and reluctance on the part of the applicant and his family with the proposed wedding, prompted the complainant to file a complaint about rape and cheating on July 20, 2020. Furthermore, it was also… Continue Reading...

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