Lok Janshakti Party has suffered a major setback in Delhi as the party MP Prince Raj, a cousin of Chirag Paswan has been accused of rape in an FIR on the complaint of a woman. The woman, reportedly an LJP worker, had complained to the Delhi Police three months ago that she had been raped and threatened by Prince Raj, an MP from Samastipur in Bihar.
Following the court’s order on September 9, a case was registered against the MP at Connaught Place Police Station in Delhi. The woman had approached the court in July.
However, Prince Raj on June 17 had tweeted a statement defending himself and denying what he called the allegations. Claiming harassment and abuse, Raj wrote that a certain woman is making defamatory statements against him.
I categorically deny any such claim or assertion that has been made against me. All such claims are blatantly false, fabricated, and are part of a larger criminal conspiracy to pressurise me professionally and personally by threatening my reputation, the MP wrote.
I am extremely saddened by these repeated and malevolent attempts to misuse the well-intended laws for the protection of women of our country, he had said.
The woman had joined the Lok Janshakti Party in 2019 and had met Prince Raj for the first time in January 2020.
According to the FIR, the victim also met senior party leader Chirag Paswan and informed him about the issue. Paswan also assured her of getting the entire matter resolved and she was persuaded to not file a case. No action was taken further, the victim alleged in the FIR.
Later in February 2020, after the victim left the party, Raj filed an FIR against the complainant and kept the victim in illegal detention for over 14 hours. However, the complaint also stated that Raj colluded with Police and fabricated all the evidence against him.
Chirag Paswan is the MP from Jamui while Prince Raj alias Prince Paswan is the MP from Samastipur.
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