The Congress on Friday demanded the resignation of Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Nihalchand Meghwal after he was summoned by a district court in Jaipur to appear in a rape case in which he and 16 others have been charged.
Mr. Meghwal is the second Central Minister whose resignation has been sought this week by the Congress. On Tuesday, it demanded the resignation of Minister of State for the Department of the Northeast Region and External Affairs, Gen (Retd) V.K. Singh, after an affidavit filed by the government indicted the former Army chief. The Congress repeated its demand for Gen. Singh’s resignation on Friday, too.
“We demand the resignation of Nihalchand Meghwal as he might influence the trial in the rape case if he is allowed to continue as Union Minister,” All-India Mahila Congress president Shobha Oza said.
In 2011, a woman had filed an FIR at the Vaishali Nagar police station, accusing Mr. Meghwal and 16 others of sexually exploiting her. The police closed the case in 2012 as it found the charges to be false and fabricated.
On January 28, 2013, the woman challenged the police closure report in the court.
On Thursday, the court issued notices to all 17, asking them to respond by August 20.