Monday, November 29, 1999

Former Haryana IG``s anticipatory bail plea dismissed

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Yamunagar (Haryana), June 16 (PTI) A local court today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former Haryana Inspector General of Police M S Ahlawat, who is facing charges of molesting a woman lawyer eight years back. District and Sessions Judge R C Godhara dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of the former IPS officer here this afternoon. Though Ahlawat was not present in the court when the bail plea was rejected, his lawyers I K Gujral and Umresh Gandhi besides the complainant lawyer were present. The lawyer had last week lodged a complaint with the police, charging Ahlawat with sexually harassing her when he was the Yamunanagar SP in 2002. She claimed to have come into Ahlawat''s contact when she had approached the Yamunanagar police in May 2002 to lodge a case of dowry harassment against her husband. The victim alleged that the officer had insisted on meeting her in his camp office and allegedly tried to establish illicit relations with her. The anticipatory bail application was moved by Ahlawat''s lawyer on June 10 before the court, in which the former IGP has pleaded that Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC does not apply to his case. Another plea by Ahlawat in seeking the anticipatory bail was that the victim had not moved any court all these years against him. Ahlawat has been booked under sections 354 (criminal force on woman with intent to outrage modesty), 323 (assault with intent to voluntarily cause hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC..

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