Judge accused of rape hospitalised

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Three days after an additional sessions judge of the Dwarka district court, P.S. Malik, was booked for allegedly raping a staff member, he was hospitalised on Friday. He is suspected to have consumed some pills at his Karkardooma residence here.

The Delhi High Court suspended the ASJ last week after the alleged victim lodged a complaint against him.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Rishi Pal said around 8 a.m., the police were informed about Mr. Malik being admitted to the Hedgewar Hospital in Karkardooma.

“When we reached the hospital, Mr. Malik said he did not want to give a statement. That is why we are not probing the case,” said Mr. Pal, responding to queries on whether Mr. Malik tried to commit suicide. He also refused to comment on whether the rape allegation and Mr. Malik’s hospitalisation were linked. Mr. Malik is in his fifties. Police sources said the alleged rape victim, a 35-year-old woman, had earlier this month approached the High Court with her complaint. “In her complaint, she had alleged that Mr. Malik had been harassing her for quite some time and had forced himself upon her once. On receiving directions from the court, we registered a case three days ago,” said the source.

A case was registered under Section 376 (Rape) of the Indian Penal Code at South West Delhi’s Dwarka police station.

The source said the case was registered on the basis of documents sent by the High Court committee, which is probing the matter. Follow-up action would include the woman’s statement and other circumstantial evidence.

On the procedure involved in registering a case when an ASJ or any other judge of a district court is an accused, the officer said it remained the same. In this particular case, the High Court had already examined the complaint filed by the woman.

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