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Bail plea of NE girl rape accused rejected

By The Assam Tribune

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of a man accused of raping a girl from the Northeast, trashing his claim that he had consensual sex with the victim.

Justice SN Dhingra rejected the bail application of Dushyant Verma, who allegedly raped the girl on April 18. The rape was confirmed in the victims's medical reports.

Verma in his bail application stated that he never raped her and everything between them was consensual. He said they had a long relationship and produced some phone call records and text messages to support his claim.

"The statement of prosecutrix (girl), SMSs coupled with statement of servants of the accused does not reflect consent of prosecutrix, as claimed. Her travelling in the car of the accused after the incident reflects more of her compulsion than consent," the court said while rejecting the bail plea.

Verma, through his counsel, claimed that if the rape took place then the girl should have approached the police on the day of the incident. But she lodged the complaint two days later, he said.

"Though the girl had visited Max Hospital on the same night but the injuries described by her in her complaint to the police as well as to the doctor of AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) at the time of her examination do not find mention in the prescription of Max Hospital," the counsel for Verma said.

According to the prosecution, the victim was raped when she went to Verma's house to have lunch with him. "The accused has been living in Delhi alone and has been leading a luxurious life because his father was earning enough to meet his extravagances and he enjoyed life in his own manner. There is every possibility of the accused trying to win over or threaten the witnesses," the court observed, stating that delay in lodging of complaint is because the incident seemed to have had a stunning effect on the victim.

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