New Delhi (ILNS): The Uttarakhand High Court has stayed the arrest of MLA Mahesh Negi. The MLA had filed a petition in court for cancellation of the FIR lodged against him in a sexual abuse and also asking for protection against arrest. The court has directed the MLA to cooperate in the investigation.
Justice Narayan Singh Dhanik directed the government to file a reply in the case within three weeks. The court has also issued notice to the aggrieved woman so that she can present her side.
MLA Mahesh Negi filed a petition in the High Court seeking to quash the FIR lodged against him on September 5 at the Nehru Colony police station in Dehradun and prevent arrest.
The petitioner said that the Dehradun police did not register their complaint, but came under pressure and filed a case against them on the basis of a complaint given by the woman. After hearing of the parties, the High Court’s single bench has fixed the date for the next hearing of the case after three weeks.
The victim alleges that the MLA raped her at different places in Nainital, Delhi, Mussoorie and Dehradun, from the year 2016 onwards. The woman had said that she also has a baby girl from the MLA and by getting her DNA tested, the truth will be known.