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Sep 19, 2013 at 03:02pm IST

Rajasthan minister Babulal Nagar resigns over rape charges

Jaipur: Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Babulal Nagar on Thursday resigned from the Rajasthan cabinet after being accused of raping a woman.

Alleging that she is being threatened and asked to withdraw the case, the survivor said, "I get calls and visits from unknown people threatening to harm me. Babulal Nagar's wife has also called, asking me to withdraw the case."

Activist Kavita Srivastavi alleged that the local police delayed the procedure of filing an FIR. "Some shocking things happened in the case. The court had asked the police to file an FIR on September 16, but the police said they received the order on September 17. They took long time to file the FIR and then in the name of transferring it to another investigating agency they did not do anything. So 48 hours were lost after the court asked local police station to file the FIR. Nothing happened till yesterday evening. We literally had to gherao the Chief Minister and say remove the minister from his position," Kavita said.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan's CID-Crime Branch on Wednesday began probing charges of rape and assault levelled against Babulal, official sources said.

The woman's statement was recorded and her clothes, which she wore on the day of the alleged crime, were recovered and sent for forensic examination, sources said. An additional SP (name not disclosed) of CID-Crime Branch has been given the task to probe the case, sources added.

Babulal, was booked on the directions of Metropolitan Magistrate where the survivor had filed a complaint alleging that the police was not registering her FIR. After registering the case under various sections of the IPC including 376, police referred the case to CB-CID as it involved an MLA of the present Assembly.

The minister had allegedly called her to his house on September 11 on the pretext of giving a job and later sexually assaulted her. Two days later, she gave her statement before the Chief Judicial magistrate.

With Additional Inputs From PTI