Friday, September 20, 2013

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot accepts Babulal Nagar\'s resignation

20 Sep, 2013,

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today accepted the resignation of Minister of state for Khadi and Dairy Babulal Nagar, who is accused of raping a 35-year-old woman at his residence here.

\"Chief Minister Gehlot has accepted the resignation of Nagar who quit his post yesterday, and has forwarded it to Governor Margret Alva\", Press Advisor in CMO Mohd Yasin told PTI.

The 53-year-old Minister of State for Dairy and Khadi had yesterday tendered his resignation.

\"I have resigned on moral grounds so that an impartial probe can be carried out as I am not guilty in the alleged case. The charge against me is totally unfounded. It is the handiwork of my political rivals,\" Nagar had said.

The woman had alleged that the minister, who had helped her in the past, called her to his house on September 11, promising to get her a job. On some pretext, the minister took her into a bedroom and raped her, she said.

\"When I protested, he clamped his hand down on my mouth, hit me and assaulted me,\" she had said, claiming that the politician then threatened her of dire consequences if she disclosed anything.

The Sodala Police station had booked Nagar for allegedly raping, threatening and beating up the woman.

After registering the case under various sections of the IPC, police referred the case to the CID crime branch since it involved a sitting MLA.
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