Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former water supply minister of Maharashtra Laxmanrao Dhoble is facing allegations of raping a female staffer at the Nalanda Law College based in Mumbai's suburbs.
Dhoble is the founder of the trust which runs the college located in Borivali that has already earned embarrassing headlines after students registered a case of cheating against the management last month.
According to the 42-year-old complainant, Dhoble has called her to his cabin on several occasions over two years between 2011 and 2013, and had allegedly beaten and raped her and had also shot obscene pictures, as reported by The Times of India. The woman reportedly worked as a clerk in the college and has claimed that Dhoble also threatened to kill her.
A case has been registered under Section 376 of IPC by the Borivali police but Dhoble is yet to be arrested.
The BJP hit out at NCP over the rape charges.
"Dhoble must be brought to task, must be punished. This not just a case of rape but also blackmail where he has blackmailed the clerk to suggest that he will make her photographs go viral on the internet," BJP spokesperson Shaina NC told ANI.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that if the allegations are proved true, Dhoble should be arrested.