The court staff accused of raping a woman litigant in judge’s chamber two years ago has been granted bail by a Delhi court.
Additional sessions judge Ramesh Kumar granted bail to the staff named Premveer who is posted as ahlmad in Tis Hazari court.
The complainant, in this case, is a woman who is pursuing a civil case in Tis Hazari court. She lodged a complaint in December 2017, saying the accused introduced him to her as the reader and won over her confidence by claiming that he has contacts with several judges and can help her in her case.
She said the three accused took Rs 12 lakh from her on this pretext.
She also said in her complaint that the accused had established physical relationship with her on several occasions, once in judge’s chamber during the summer vacations.
On this complaint, Premveer was arrested on January 11, 2018.
Appearing for Premveer, advocate Pradeep Rana said the accused is an ex-serviceman and was appointed in the cadre of Lower Divisional Clerk in Tis Hazari Courts in 2010.
Rana further submitted that the incidents of establishing physical relations as alleged by the complainant date back to year 2015-2016 and the complaint which led to filing of the present FIR was given only on December 7, 2017, after an unexplained delay of more than a year.
He also told the court that the woman had made a complaint before the district judge also but the subsequent departmental inquiry could not substantiate the allegations, which had to be dropped.
The accused also argued that the allegation of the complainant that she had given Rs 12 lakh to the accused as bribe raise question mark over the conduct of the complainant.
It is to be noted that Premveer’s co-accused Satbir and Arun have already been released on bail in February.
“On perusal of record, it is revealed that present accused/applicant is in JC w.e.f. 11.01.2018 and there is delay of about 15 months in lodging the FIR. Hence, applicant/accused Premveer Singh is admitted on bail on his furnishing a bail bond in sum of Rs. 25,000/ with one surety in the same amount to the satisfaction of this court…” ordered ASJ Ramesh Kumar.