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Police give clean chit to Ashu SamplaHarwinder Kaur Minty protests outside the Police Commissioner’s residence in Jalandhar on Thursday. A Tribune Photograph

Police give clean chit to Ashu Sampla

Minty threatens to seek asylum in Pakistan, appeals to Sushma Swaraj26 May 2017 | 1:04 AM

JALANDHAR: In a much-anticipated move, the police today dropped sexual harassment charges against Ashu Sampla levelled by Harvinder Kaur, alias Minty, who had alleged that Ashu Sampla had raped her at a hotel in Phillaur last year.

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Rachna Khaira

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 25

In a much-anticipated move, the police today dropped sexual harassment charges against Ashu Sampla levelled by Harvinder Kaur, alias Minty, who had alleged that Ashu Sampla had raped her at a hotel in Phillaur last year.

The police also dropped charges of physical harassment and snatching of mobile phones against Sahil Sampla and instead, filed an FIR against unknown people. Later at night, Minty was even arrested under Section 751 for creating ruckus outside the residence of Jalandhar Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha.

Police drop rape charge

Confirming the development, the SIT in charge Sudervizhi said though it had been proved that Ashu and Minty knew each other and both had spoken over 4,176 times on phone in the last one year and had even shared some video clips that proved their “close relation” with each other, there was no evidence that proved that Ashu had visited the Satluj hotel on March 28 last year, the day Minty had alleged rape by him.

The SIT also observed that though there was no evidence of the physical relation between the two, if there were any, it would have to be consensual in nature.

Cheating charges also dropped

As Minty could not produce any evidence against Ashu to prove that he had promised to marry her, charges under Section 376 and 420 were also dropped against him, said the police.

Sahil Sampla too given clean chit

The police though accepted that Minty was physically abused outside Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla’s residence at Sofi Pind, there are no evidence that Sahil was present there at the time of the incident. Althogh the police accepted that Ashu’s close aid Sheru was present at the time of the incident, Minty did not name Sheru in the incident.

Also, the SIT report stated that though Minty was seen in a mobile video shouting at people for beating her, she did not need anyone at the incident site. Also, her clothes were found to be fine and not torn as claimed by Minty in her complaint.

Minty protests outside police chief’s house, arrested

The police on Thursday arrested Minty under Section 751 to prevent her from creating ruckus outside Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha’s residence later in the evening. Speaking to The Tribune, Minty slammed the Police Department “for playing like a puppet in the hands of the Sampla family”. Minty added that justice had not been delivered by the Jalandhar police and she would not end her crusade “against the atrocities committed by the Sampla family on her”. She threatened to approach the National Commission of Women and also the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office.

Minty threat to take asylum in Pakistan

On a much unusual note, Minty even threatened to seek asylum in Pakistan and to slam India “for failing to provide justice to its daughter”. While appealing to Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Minty said while she welcomed Indian national Uzma for returning to India, she should also take necessary measures to prevent her from taking refuge in Pakistan.

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