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Former Judge Acquitted Of Rape Charge

2015-07-28 21:06


Ranaghat, July 28: A court in Ranaghat on Monday acquitted a retired additional district and session judge of charges of raping a young homemaker 11 years ago, saying that the complaint had lack of sufficient evidence to corroborate the allegation.

Additional district and session judge of ACJM court in Ranaghat Rupanjana Chakraborty, acquitted former additional district and session judge of Bankura court Shyamal Sengupta, 63, who was accused by Gangnapur based homemaker of raping her at home in June 2004.

The homemaker accused Sengupta of raping her while he was hearing the politically sensitive Dhantala rape and robbery case as an additional district session judge of a fast tract court in Ranaghat in which 20 CPI (M) workers accused of with loot and raping about 24 women of a marriage party on the night of 5 February, 2003. A bus driver was also killed in the incident.

The woman, who was then fighting a separation suit against her husband, had alleged that on June 6, 2004 night; the judge visited her home in the pretext of providing her legal aid as the chairman of the Ranaghat ACJM court’s legal aid cell and raped her. She lodged a complaint at Ranaghat police station on June 11.

However, after the prolonged legal battle, the court on Monday given a clear verdict saying that it did not find enough evidence in support of the allegation.

Advocate Dilip Chatterjee, who fought in defence of the retired judge, said: “The court noted that none of the witnesses including a doctor whom she had visited first supported the prosecutions case. More over, there was no medical report in support of the alleged rape as the woman never agreed to undergo medical examination after the rape. So the submission of the woman never able to substantiate that she was at all raped”.

After the verdict was announced, the complainant woman said: “I have been denied justice. The culprit has been absolved by the court only for his position. I will continue the fight until received justice”.

Reacting to the judgment, Sengupta said: “It was well hatched conspiracy to malign me. The verdict proved that complaint was fabricated one”

Earlier on December 21 2013, Sengupta surrendered before the ACJM court in Ranaghat after he came to know that the Ranaghat police has filed a charge sheet against him on September 23 charging him of rape under section 376 of the IPC

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