Delhi Court on Saturday granted anticipatory bail to Lok Jansakti Party (LJP) MP Prince Raj Paswan in connection with an alleged rape case against him, stating that whatever happened between the complainant and the accused was consensual. Special Judge Vikas Dhull on Thursday while granting bail said, "Having regard to the fact that there is an unreasonable delay in lodging the FIR by prosecutrix (Complainant), the present FIR being lodged by prosecutrix as a counterblast to the FIR lodged by accused against prosecutrix way back in February 2021, admission made by prosecutrix that whatever happened between her and the accused was consensual in the transcript of audio recording dated 27.08.2020."
The Delhi Police during the argument had opposed the plea of anticipatory bail petition of Lok Jansakti Party (LJP) MP Prince Raj Paswan. During the hearing in the court, Public Prosecutor submitted that the custodial interrogation of him was needed to recover the alleged video clips having objectionable content as claimed by the victim. Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa along with Advocate Nitesh Rana submitted that it is a case of honey trap and extortion. "There is no rape victim here, it is a false case," he said.
"The rape case against my client is a frivolous case. My client is innocent. The complainant and her friend have been extorting him since 2020 and my client lodged an FIR of extortion in the Parliament Street Police Station on February 10 this year. She threatened to malign his reputation if he did not pay the extortion amount. He gave her Rs 2 Lakh but the extortion still continued. After the filing of FIR by my client, both the complainant and her friend had to take an anticipatory bail from the court," Rana said. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Prince Raj Paswan, accused of the alleged sexual assault case, on September, 14 had moved an anticipatory bail plea in Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court, seeking protection from arrest in the matter.
Prince, who is also the president of the Bihar unit of the party, was booked in the national capital on September 9 for allegedly raping a former party member. Nitesh Rana, the lawyer for Prince Raj, had earlier in an interview said that the complainant/ victim had filed a complaint on May 31 in Parliament Street Police Station but in the preliminary inquiry, police found that there was no offence committed by Prince.