Senior IPS officer Sunil Paraskar, who has been accused of rape by a city-based model, on Monday called the rape allegations ‘baseless’ while recording his statement at the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office.
Paraskar in his statement said that he knows the complainant and interacted with her quite often. Three cases were registered during his tenure as Additional Commissioner of Police of Mumbai north region. He got to know her during that period.
While answering questions about molestation at Madh Island bungalow, Paraskar said that he had taken her to the bungalow to show her the place for a photoshoot. But he denied that he molested her as alleged in the FIR.
Meanwhile, Mumbai police has provided protection to complainant as a matter of precaution, say sources. Police has recorded the supplementary statement of the complainant. Another statement may be recorded after all emails and text messages are retrieved.
Witnesses in the case, who have corroborated the presence of the complainant and the accused at material places, have been identified.
Suburban Malwani police had on July 23 registered a case against 57-year-old Paraskar under sections 376(2)(rape by a police officer), 376 C (intercourse by superintendent of jail, remand home, etc) and 354(D) (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code.
The complainant, a 25-year-old model, approached Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria on July 22, with complaint of rape and molestation against Paraskar, who is currently posted at the Maharashtra police headquarters as Deputy Inspector General (Protection of Civil Rights Units).
The model accused the senior officer of coercing her into a physical relationship on several occasions.