MUMBAI: An “unnatural” yr-and-a-half delay in lodging an FIR has led to the acquittal of a 42-yr-previous deputy revenue tax commissioner accused of sexually assaulting his 13-yr-previous home assist in 2017. The particular Pocso Act court docket requested why her household, a member of which was employed in the maternal home of the estranged spouse of the accused for many years, didn’t lodge an FIR instantly after the incident.
The accused and his spouse are in the midst of divorce proceedings.The court docket stated whereas it was possible the lady’s character wouldn’t have been put at stake as a result of of a dispute between couple, the conduct of the prosecution witnesses and delay in lodging FIR created doubt in prosecution’s case.
The accused was arrested in 2018 however granted bail. The minor deposed that he threatened to launch her nude photos if she complained to anyone. “The question is why the investigating officer did not seize the phone to verify if accused had such photographs,” it stated.