The FIR was lodged three months after a complaint by a woman, reportedly a party worker, who alleged that she had been raped and threatened by Prince Raj.
Delhi Police has registered a case of rape, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence against Prince Raj, cousin of LJP chief Chirag Paswan and MP from Bihar’s Samastipur. The FIR was lodged at Connaught Place Police Station three months after a complaint by a woman, a former LJP office-bearer, who alleged that she had been raped and threatened by Raj.
The FIR also mentions Paswan, accusing him of trying to hide evidence. The police lodged the FIR on September 9 on directions from a Delhi court, after the complainant approached it.
Advocate Sudesh Kumari Jethwa, representing the complainant, was quoted by The Indian Express, “We filed a complaint with Delhi Police in May and moved an application before a Delhi court in July. The court directed the police to lodge an FIR against MP Prince Raj and his cousin Chirag Paswan.”
The woman, in her complaint, claimed that she first met Prince or the first time at the party office last year and they kept in touch. “I met him several times and in one such meeting, I picked up a water bottle from the table, but he said he would give me another bottle from inside. He gave me a glass of water and after consuming it, I fell unconscious,” she alleged.
“I regained consciousness and found my head on his shoulder. He told me I was unwell and then I returned home. I questioned him again as to what had happened with me, he then showed me a video recorded by him,” she alleged. “He was making physical relations with me and he ensured that his face is not be visible in the video. He proposed marriage to me and threatened me that he would put it (the video) online.”
On June 17, Prince Raj had tweeted a statement denying what he called the allegations of “a certain woman making defamatory statements” claiming harassment and abuse.
“I categorically deny any such claim or assertion that has been made against me. All such claims are blatantly false, fabricated, and are part of a larger criminal conspiracy to pressurise me professionally and personally by threatening my reputation,” the MP wrote.
“I am extremely saddened by these repeated and malevolent attempts to misuse the well-intended laws for the protection of women of our country,” he had said.