The Delhi High Court has denied granting anticipatory bail to a Navy officer accused of rape. The Delhi High Court has taken the move after the Navy officer claimed that the woman filed a complaint of rape against him to extract money from him. The court said since he is a Navy officer, they expected him to take a responsible approach.
The woman registered a case against a commander in the Indian Navy at Tilak Marg police station in June 2021. The complaint stated that the commander developed a physical relationship with the women in 2019.
He promised to marry her. The complaint alleges that later he refused to marry her. He also threatened her, stating he’ll upload the woman’s nude photographs and video recordings and ruin her career if she files a complaint against him in the police station.
In June, the woman became aware that the commander was already engaged to another woman.
In a bail plea, he claimed that the woman was “obsessed with him” and alleged that she wanted to extract money from him. He stated that they were friends and denied any physical relationship with the woman.
There was a considerable delay in the registration of the case, mentioned by his counsel, as the commander had stopped contacting her after March 2021.
The court stated that the allegation that she has filed the complaint just for money is causing more pain to her injury. Justice Yogesh Khanna said he shouldn’t play with her dignity.
He cohabited with her and later claimed that the allegations are for extorting money. He stated that such claims need proof; otherwise, it is an insult and causes trauma to the victim.
The court replied to the counselor stating that the WhatsApp conversations show that they were in contact with each other till May 18.
The court also refuted the claim by the accused that they were only friends stating that the prosecutrix had filed a transcript of a conversation between her mother, her, and her friend, dated 20.11.2020.
The transcript indicated that the mother of the accused was aware of the promises made by the accused.
The bench stated that looking at the transcript, the claims made by the accused of them being friends or her intention to extract money from him appear incorrect and not accurate.
The bench mentioned that the evidence shows that the woman and the accused were in a relationship. And the relation had kindled hope in the woman that the accused would marry her at all cost.
The accused is an Indian Navy commander who was expected to show responsible behavior.
The Delhi Police status report mentioned that he was influencing other officers in the Naval Academy to manipulate or cause destruction of evidence.
The High Court stated that the officer’s mobile phone should be seized as it allegedly includes nude photographs and videos of the prosecutrix.
The bench noticed the accused was deleting conversations on Facebook and social media between the two. The act shows that the accused intended to cover up his wrongs by erasing data.