Named in POCSO case, Bihar Congress vice-president quits
The Congress leader has been included in the POCSO case along with the main accused Nikhil Priyadarshi
Bihar Congress vice-president Brajesh Kumar alias Brajesh Pandey has been booked in a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) case for sexually assaulting a minor girl, following which he submitted his resignation on Tuesday.
He has been booked under POCSO act on the basis of a note submitted by CID Women’s cell DSP Mamta Kalyani, said IGP (Weaker Section) Anil Kishore Yadav, according to Press Trust of India.
The IGP refused to give more details, saying the investigation is going on.
The Congress leader has been included in the POCSO case along with the main accused Nikhil Priyadarshi.
The victim girl, who is the daughter of another Congress leader alleged that Priyadarshi hoodwinked her in the name of marriage and blackmailed her along with his brother.
Both Priyadarshi and his brother, who is a co-accused in the POCSO case has been missing since a local court recently rejected their anticipatory bail.
The girl had appeared on several news channels and said Pandey was introduced to her as a big leader, used to threaten her.
Pandey resigned from his post as the issue dominated all the media, saying, “I do not want that the party suffer in any manner because of me”. He faxed his resignation letter to party state chief Ashok Choudhary.
According to Hindustan Times, Congress state spokesperson Harkhu Jha said the state president, who is campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, accepted the resignation.
Pandey, who had unsuccessfully contested Bihar assembly polls from Govindganj constituency in East Champaran in 2015, pleaded innocence in the resignation letter.
The girl has been accusing Nikhil Priyadarshi but, “I do not know how come she is now naming me... I am deliberately victimised on behalf of somebody,” he said in the letter.