Congress leader called a 'rapist', says 'it's politically motivated'

Updated: 13 October, 2020 09:37 IST | Agencies | Deoria (Uttar Pradesh)

The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee has already set up a committee to inquire about the incident in which a woman party member was assaulted by party workers for allegedly questioning the decision behind fielding Mukund Bhaskar Mani Tripathi

Tight security arrangements at Uttarakhand Bhawan where family members of the Hathras victim arrived to appear in the High Court, in Lucknow, on Monday. Pic/PTI
Tight security arrangements at Uttarakhand Bhawan where family members of the Hathras victim arrived to appear in the High Court, in Lucknow, on Monday. Pic/PTI

Mukund Bhaskar Mani Tripathi, the Congress leader from Deoria, whose candidature led to a major ruckus on Sunday after a woman leader, Tara Yadav, accused him of being a rapist, has now put out a video clarifying his position.

In the one-minute video, Tripathi claims that the allegations levelled against him are "politically motivated and designed to malign his image". "All allegations against me are baseless and I want to warn the woman as well as some channels that have been publicising the allegations that I will soon initiate legal action against them. I will file defamation cases against those who are trying to damage me and my party," he said.

The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee has already set up a committee to inquire about the incident in which a woman party member was assaulted by party workers for allegedly questioning the decision behind fielding Mukund Bhaskar Mani Tripathi, who she accused of being a rapist, in the upcoming assembly by polls.

Hathras victim's kin appear before HC

Family members of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after allegedly being raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras appeared before the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, which fixed November 2 as the next date of hearing. They were heard by the Bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy on Monday.

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First Published: 13 October, 2020 07:53 IST

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