Gohain sees political ploy in rape FIR

GUWAHATI: Union minister of state for railways , who was incommunicado the whole of Friday when police made public an FIR accusing him of rape, on Saturday described the allegations as a “deep conspiracy that happens before every election”.
Gohain, while talking to the media in New Delhi, said, “Since Friday, this news has been doing the rounds. I want to say that during my entire political career, I have always been with the people at the grass roots level and that is why I have won elections for four successive terms.” He added, “Whatever news has surfaced is totally false. In fact, this is a deep-rooted political conspiracy against me and this is not the first time this has happened. Conspiracies are hatched against me every election. This happened in 2016 and 2011, and again now. The investigation is under way and the truth will be revealed soon.”

In , where the FIR was filed against the minister by a woman on August 2, police said their investigation is on. They added the complainant, who has submitted an application for withdrawing her complaint, refused to undergo a medical examination.

health minister said, “As an advocate, I don‘t find any merit in the case.” He added, “The complainant wants to withdraw her complaint and has also refused to undergo a medical examination. I don‘t think this case will stand and I don‘t find it necessary to talk about the matter.”

Congress demands resignation

The complainant, a married woman from Dewri Gaon that falls in Rajen Gohain‘s Nagaon Lok Sabha constituency, submitted her application for withdrawing her FIR four days after filing it.

Police said the matter would be decided in a court of law.

Congress, on the other hand, asked for Gohain‘s immediate resignation. Its state chief, Ripun Bora, said, “The charges against Gohain are of very serious nature. Only an investigation can prove if he is guilty or otherwise.”

Congress leader Debabrata Saikia, who is leader of opposition in the assembly, said, “A case against Gohain exists and the police have already stated that the legal procedure will be followed now. The case can no longer be withdrawn.”

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