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Tuesday , July 29 , 2014
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Police protection for model, quiz for cop

Mumbai, July 28: The model who has accused a senior policeman of rape has been given protection after she complained of threat calls even as the officer, quizzed for four hours at the crime branch today, denied all the allegations against him.

Deputy inspector-general Sunil Paraskar was summoned to the crime branch headquarters shortly after noon and questioned by deputy commissioner of police K.M.M. Prasanna and deputy commissioner Sharda Raut, who heads the crimes against women cell.

Sources said Paraskar, who heads Mumbai police’s civil rights unit, described the allegations against him as “baseless”.

The model was given police protection last night after the 26-year-old claimed she had received threat calls asking her to withdraw the case. The police have asked telecom service providers for the call detail records of both and would summon the IPS officer’s personal staff for questioning, the sources said.

Mumbai police had lodged a case of molestation and rape against Paraskar, 57, last week after the model, who claimed she first met the officer when he was additional commissioner (north), alleged that he had sexually assaulted her in November and December 2013. Paraskar has got anticipatory bail from the high court till July 31.

The model, whose statement has been recorded, told the police she first met Paraskar in April 2013 when she had gone to file a complaint over a property. She met him again in October when she lodged a molestation complaint against a person. A month later, she met him for the third time when some escort service websites put up her photographs and cell number.

The model said Paraskar asked her to visit a flat in Navi Mumbai after she told him she wanted to buy a property. In her statement she said Paraskar, who claimed the flat was his and he could rent it out, molested her at the apartment but apologised when she asked him to stop.

According to her statement, Paraskar asked her to meet him again and took her to a resort in Madh Island, Malad, in the western suburbs, in December, claiming she could do photoshoots for free there. She claims the officer raped her at the resort.

The model said Paraskar kept in touch with her and even demanded a gift after an FIR was lodged in the escort services case. She claimed she presented him a wristwatch that cost Rs 70,000.

She said Paraskar also sought her help to stop his transfer earlier this year and met her along with his wife at a hotel. She said she wanted to reveal his sexual assaults to his wife but didn’t get the opportunity. It’s not clear how the model would have helped stop the transfer of Paraskar, who was additional commissioner then.

Investigators have visited the resort as well as the Navi Mumbai flat and recorded statements of witnesses who said they had seen the two together at both the locations.

Joint commissioner (crime) Sadanand Date, who is supervising the probe, said the police would record the model’s statement again before a magistrate next week.