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Ex-minister held for raping minor
January 10, 2005 15:48 IST
Former Assam minister Rajendra Mushahary has been arrested for allegedly raping his minor maidservant and remanded to 14 days' police custody by a Kokrajhar court.
Mushahary was arrested from his residence at Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar district on Sunday after the parents of his 12-year-old maidservant filed a first information report and she recorded her statement before the chief judicial magistrate.
The minor, who had come to Mushahary's house to work about six weeks ago, alleged that the former Assam Gana Parishad minister raped her thrice and impregnated her.
Mushahary claimed his innocence and said he had been framed by the All Bodo Students Union with an eye on the coming assembly elections.
In 2000, when Mushahary was minister in the Prafulla Kumar Mahanta government, a teenage maidservant in his house had accused him of raping her repeatedly and impregnating her.
He had strongly denied the allegation then and said the son born to her was not his child. However, a DNA test confirmed the child was his and after a long legal battle, he married the girl and named the child 'High Court'.