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Rape Charges Against Munde ‘Serious’: Sharad Pawar

Devanshi Doshi

Allegations of rape against Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde are serious, NCP President Sharad Pawar said on Thursday, 14 January.

"I think the allegation against him is serious. Naturally, we will have to discuss the issue as a party. I will discuss the same in detail with my key colleagues and take them into confidence," Pawar said, according to PTI. He added that the party will discuss the issue and decide what action is to be take as soon as possible.

On 13 January, Munde met Pawar. “Munde had met me and has told me his side. It is my responsibility to make my party leaders aware about what he told me and then formulate our party’s next course of action,” NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said in Mumbai. 

After Pawar’s chat with Munde, Pawar also said that Munde seemed to have an idea that these allegations against him would surface and he had previously therefore, approached the high court in the same matter as well. Pawar said that he would ensure no injustice was done.

A woman has accused Maharashtra social justice minister Dhananjay Munde of rape and claimed the Mumbai police ignored her complaint. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader denied the allegations, claiming he is being blackmailed by the complainant and her sister. Munde said he had been in a relationship with the complainant’s sister and sired two children.

The 37-year-old woman, an aspiring singer, said she wrote to Mumbai police commissioner on January 10, stating that Munde repeatedly raped her in 2006. She also claimed that she approached Oshiwara police here earlier but her complaint was not accepted.

Munde (45) said the woman’s claims were part of a “conspiracy to blackmail him”. He, however, acknowledged that he was in a relationship with the complainant’s sister and has two children with her.

BJP is currently pressuring Munde to resign from his post.

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