Notorious ex-Akali Minister booked for rape

Ravi Dhaliwal

GURDASPUR: Sucha Singh Langah, a former Cabinet Minister and SAD core committee member, was today booked for rape on the complaint of a government employee, a widow, who alleged she had been repeatedly molested since 2009 when she first met him.

Langah, chief of SAD’s Gurdaspur district unit for the past 32 years, has resigned from all party posts as well as the SGPC, and will surrender before a local court tomorrow.

The Gurdaspur police filed a case under 376 (rape, punishable with maximum life imprisonment), 384 (extortion, punishable with three-year jail), 420 (cheating and dishonesty, punishable up to seven years’ jail) and 506 (criminal intimidation, punishable up to seven years) in the wee hours to prevent any “law and order problem”.

With the Gurdaspur byelection round the corner, there was speculation that the Akali leader may have been framed, but the FIR was filed only after the Deputy District Attorney had given his opinion and a senior officer had conducted a probe. The victim had met the SSP yesterday to hand over her complaint along with a video.

The complainant, who lost her husband in 2008, wrote: “He kept telling me he would help me get a job in the Vigilance Department on compassionate grounds. I met him for the first time in 2009 after which he regularly met me alone at Kisan Bhawan, Chandigarh. He would tell me since he wielded considerable influence, he could do anything to me and my family. He would call me to unknown places and rape me. He would also extort money. I have attached a video to ensure that my complaint carries enough weight.”

The woman also alleged she had paid Langah Rs 25.50 lakh after selling her agriculture land at her native village Sohal in Gurdaspur.

Meanwhile, Langah claimed it was a “classic example of political vendetta”. He said he and his colleagues had met the DGP on August 8 and complained against seven SHOs in Gurdaspur district who had registered  200 FIRs against SAD workers. “Since then, the state machinery has been working against me.”

(Courtesy: The Tribune)

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