The Allahabad High Court directed the Uttar Pradesh police to not arrest a authorities counsel in reference to a rape case lodged by a junior lawyer towards him.
The Lucknow bench of the court docket, nonetheless, directed the accused to cooperate with the investigating officer within the probe and make himself accessible as and when referred to as.
A bench of justices AR Masoodi and Rajeev Singh handed the order on a writ petition filed by the accused, Shailendra Singh Chauhan, difficult the FIR and searching for a route to the police no to arrest him in the course of the probe.
Passing the interim order, the bench directed the accused to not threaten the junior lawyer for her life and property.
The junior lawyer, 24, lodged the case on the Vibhuti Khand police station in Gomtinagar on July 24, alleging that Shailendra Chauhan raped her in his chamber on that day.
Shailendra Chauhan is the extra chief standing counsel within the Lucknow bench of the court docket. He can also be the standing counsel for the Lucknow Municipal Corporation within the excessive court docket.
In his petition, the person claimed innocence, saying the allegation of rape towards him is fake and levelled with an ulterior motive.
Hearing the petition, the bench stated, “Without expressing much on the merit of the case at this stage, the court concedes to the request of the informant’s lawyer, who prays for a week’s time to file a reply against the petition.”
The bench proceeded to grant a keep order on the petitioner’s arrest, holding that from a naked perusal of the primary info report, a case for intervention in favour of the accused was made out.
Earlier, the extra authorities advocate opposing the petition had identified that the assertion of the rape survivor was recorded below part 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and that he wanted time to get its particulars from the investigating officer.