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Mumbai crime: Clerk accuses former state minister of rape

Laxman Dhoble, who is a trustee of Nalanda Law College, was accused of rape by clerk there; both Dhoble and the clerk had been named as accused in an admission scam in the college earlier

Former state minister Laxman Dhoble has been accused of rape by a clerk at the Nalanda College of Law. NCP leader Dhoble is a trustee of the Shahu Education Society, which runs the same college.

Both Dhoble and the clerk were implicated in an admission scam at the college earlier this year. The college authorities were accused of cheating 58 students, who had registered for seats online and paid their fees, and were allegedly still denied admission.

While Dhoble was amongst the 22 who were initially implicated, during the course of the investigation, a case was also registered against the clerk. She was accused of embezzling the admission fees paid by the 58 students.

The survivor approached Borivli police station on Friday, accusing Dhoble of raping her on several occasions. While the police have registered an FIR, her changing statements have made them suspicious.

According to the police, the complainant said Dhoble called her to his cabin and raped her there, and threatened her after that. She said that he also raped her a few more times after this incident.

However, she was unclear about the dates and other details regarding the incidents.

‘Not accurate’
An officer from Borivli police station said, “Based on the complaint, we have registered a case against Dhoble. Currently we are taking statements and verifying facts. The complainant however is changing her statement. Her recollection of the incident was not accurate and she does not remember it properly. We have sent her for a medical test. Once proper investigation is done, action will be taken.” The charges against Dhoble have been filed under section 376 of the IPC.

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