Woman alleged the accused sought to demolish site of crime

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Mumbai Crime Branch to file an FIR within 24 hours after a woman filed a petition claiming that she was gang-raped by the senior inspector of Powai police station and two goons, and that renowned industrialist Niranjan Hiranandani was involved in destroying the evidence of the crime.

“Since the allegations made by the petitioner are of a very serious nature, an independent agency such as Crime Branch should promptly record the statement of the seven witnesses within 24 hours and also give police protection to the petitioner free of cost till the next date,” an order passed by the Division Bench of Justices V.M. Kanade and P.D. Kode stated.

The court transferred the probe from Powai police station to the Mumbai Crime Branch and directed it to record the statements of the witnesses within 24 hours. The court also ordered it to seize the CCTV footage showing the alleged threat to the rape survivor’s husband at Mr. Hiranandani’s office. The rape survivor is a resident of a slum area in Powai. She has claimed that Mr. Hiranandani has been trying to forcibly evacuate them from the land in question at Jai Bhim Nagar.

“Mr. Hiranandani along with his hirelings, with a view to dispossess and throw away the poor and illiterate occupants of the said area, are adopting all pressure tactics and creating terror with money and muscle power,” the petition has claimed.