ALLAHABAD: A lawyer’s office is no less respected than a court, the Allahabad High Court observed on Thursday in rejecting the bail request of a lawyer accused of sexually assaulting his junior.
“The victim in the case was a junior in the petitioner’s office. The allegations are against a person practicing law in uniform and exercising a noble profession. A lawyer’s office is no less respected than a court” , Judge Samit Gopal observed.
“Having heard the lawyers for the parties and read the file, it is evident that the applicant is named in the first information report (FIR) in the statements of the victim registered under articles 161 and 164 of the Code of Procedure (CrPC) plaintiff’s name and assigned role are consistent throughout,” the court said.
“The allegations relate to sexual assaults and physical assaults against her, which continued for a long period of time. The act of which she complains against the applicant is described in detail by her in her two statements. No reason has been given. set out why the claimant is falsely implicated,” he noted, rejecting the bail application of High Court barrister Rajkaran Patel.
FIR was registered at Civil Lines Police Station in Prayagraj district on April 7, 2021, under Section 366 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code by the survivor’s father against Patel and Sipahi Lal Shukla, both Allahabad High Court Lawyers.
The plaintiff alleged that his daughter, aged approximately 22, is an undergraduate student and was practicing in court with Patel.
He alleged that the two defendants lured his daughter.
Subsequently, article 376 of the ICC (rape) was also added during the investigation and after the recording of the survivor’s statement.
Plaintiff’s attorney argued that Patel was falsely implicated in this case.
“She is of legal age. According to her own version, she used to come to the High Court with a lawyer and worked with him. Also, she kept changing and improving her versions,” he alleged in the bail application.
However, the state’s attorney opposed the bail request, saying the attorney exploited a law student under the guise of giving her legal education through his office and the courts. .