Ex-BJP Lawmaker Accused Of Rape Asked To Appear Before Police

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Former Gujarat BJP lawmaker Jayanti Bhanushali has been asked to appear before a police team in connection with a rape case against him, a senior officer said on Monday.

“We have issued summons to Bhanushali under section 160 of the CrPC in the rape case filed at the Sarthana police station in the city in which he is the accused,” said Police Commissioner Satish Sharma.

Summons issued under the section requires one to appear at the relevant police station to record statement.

Acting on a complaint filed by a 21-year-old woman, the police on July 19 had registered a complaint against the lawmaker under various sections of the Indian Penal Code or IPC related to public servant committing rape, criminal intimidation, cheating, wrongful confinement and forgery, among others.

The summons, issued by DCP Leena Patil, heading the investigation into the case, directs the former lawmaker to immediately present himself before the Sarthana police. It was sent at Bhanushali’s residence in…

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