A conflict has broken out within the highest ranks of the Gurgaon police force, with joint commissioner Bharti Arora accusing police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk of harassment and interference in a rape case probe.
In a letter to Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal, JCP (traffic) Arora has charged Virk of mentally torturing and pestering her to implicate a rape accused in a case that she is probing.
The rape case was filed last year against Ajay Bhardwaj--son of a former deputy commissioner of Gurgaon police--by a woman who was reportedly his live-in partner and who has accused him of raping her for three years.
"Commissioner wanted to indict the accused for reasons best known to him and the victim was acting like virtual police commissioner all the time.The commissioner of police called me to his office on pretext of discussing some traffic issue and threatened me to transfer the enquiry as it won't be good for me (sic)," Arora has said in her letter to the DGP, according to The Times of India.
She has asked for the DGP's intervention immediately, stating that Virk's actions could damage her career.
However, Virk has claimed that Arora is shielding the suspect as she knows his family member and said that he has sent a special report to the DGP seeking action against her.
"The rape survivor has made several complaints against JCP (traffic), alleging that she has been helping the accused Ajay Bhardwaj and his family as Chanchal Bhardwaj, the sister of Ajay, is personally known to her. These complaints were looked into and after a probe, the allegations against Arora were found to be correct," the police commissioner told TOI.
Bhardwaj was arrested last August and has been booked under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Arora, who has probed the case, called the woman an "extortioner" claiming that she has filed rape case on previous occasions.
"This is a case of how innocent citizens are framed wrongfully. The woman who has filed the case had filed three other rape cases on previous occasions also. The woman is an extortioner, but what is more shocking is that she is getting help from the police," Arora told India Today.