Mumbai: Congress worker held on charges of rape

23-yr-old claims he forced her to stay with him in Bandra, put up cameras and sexually assaulted her

Shivanand Hulyalkar, a Congress party worker and a businessman from Pune, was on Friday night arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an employee of his company.

Shivanand Hulyalkar
Shivanand Hulyalkar

The survivor, a former employee of a seven-star hotel in Juhu, has told the Bandra police that she was sexually assaulted on June 20 from 11.30 pm to 3 am in a hotel in Mauritius, where she had gone for official work. The victim reached Mumbai from Mauritius last week and had lodged an FIR against Hulyalkar at Bandra police station.

In the complaint, the 23-year-old said that she had met Hulyalkar at a mutual friend's house for the first time in August 2015. The next morning, he started messaging her, asking her to meet him. Later, he offered her a job at his company, which is involved with real estate, and also offered her a stake in the company.

She also told the police that Hulyalkar offered her the post of executive director and CEO of his company. She said that he gifted her a flat at Bandra Bandstand and the two began living together. On June 20, she says, he sexually assaulted her in Mauritius, where after hearing the commotion, the hotel staff came to her rescue. She was she was then taken to a local hospital and administered medical aid. On her return to Mumbai, she claims that he began stalking her and threatened her and her family.

The woman said, "There was security around him all the time. I was scared as he is very influential and associated with the Congress party and could get away with anything. I am still frightened."

The FIR has been registered under sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace). Ashok Dudhe, DCP and Mumbai police spokesperson, said, "He was arrested from Mumbai and is in police custody till June 29."

The Congress claims that the accused is not an office bearer. "He has no relationship with the party. The law enforcing agency should go ahead with the case," said Sachin Sawant, party general secretary and Congress spokesperson.

— With inputs by Sanjeev Shivdekar

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