Former Manipur minister faces molestation charge

March 18th, 2008 - 6:29 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) A former Manipur minister was arrested, but later released on bail, for allegedly trying to molest his Congress party colleague in her south Delhi home. Viren Singh, 46, was arrested from near a bus stop in the Mehrauli area early Saturday, where he was waiting for a taxi to go to Delhi’s domestic airport to board a flight to Manipur capital Imphal.

The police said Singh had twice been minister of public works department (PWD) in the northeast state.

According to the police, the incident occurred on night between Friday and Saturday at the victim’s Chattarpur Enclave home, where she had invited Singh to dinner.

“The victim, 33, who claims to be the general secretary of Youth Congress in Arunachal Pradesh, alleged in her written complaint that Singh forced her to drink alcohol and then tried to molest her,” a police officer told IANS.

“Singh pushed her and fled from her house after she raised an alarm. She called the police at around 4 a.m.,” the officer added.

The former minister was arrested under section 354 IPC (assault or use of criminal force with intent to outrage a woman’s modesty), which is a bailable offence.

Singh was taken to the Mehrauli police station. He was later released on bail after Vivek Raj, a legislator from Manipur, stood surety for his bail with a personal bond of Rs.30,000.

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