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Uttarakhand minister booked for molestation in Delhi

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New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against Uttarakhand Minister Harak Singh Rawat for allegedly molesting a 30-year-old woman here, police said.

The woman, who is a resident of Meerut had on Monday submitted a written complaint at Safdarjung Enclave Police Station alleging that Rawat had molested her at a house in South Delhi's Green Park area in September last year.

"She claims that she was in touch with Rawat for a job. He had called her to Delhi in September and when she met him, he allegedly misbehaved with her. Following which she somehow managed to flee and reached her home," said a police official.

Although the woman could not explain the delay in reporting the case, police have registered an FIR under section 354 and 506 in this regard.

Rawat was Uttarakhand's Agriculture Minister in former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna's Cabinet. He became a cabinet minister once again when Harish Rawat took over as the new Chief Minister.

"We had received the complaint yesterday and after examining it, an FIR has been registered today. Further investigation is underway," said a senior police official.

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