Rajasthan IAS officer BB Mohanty arrested in rape case
The IAS was in hiding for the past five years
Jaipur: Senior Rajasthan IAS officer B B Mohanty was on Tuesday arrested nearly four years after a 23-year-old civil services aspirant accused him of raping her at his flat. Mohanty allegedly surrendered before the police on Monday night. He was taken into custody and will be produced in a court.
Mohanty was in hiding since the court of an additional chief judicial magistrate in Jaipur issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against him in February, 2004. The IAS officer had been suspended by the Vasundhara Raje government shortly after an FIR was registered against him with Mahesh Nagar police station. The cops launched an investigation and when he didn’t present himself for questioning, they filed an application in the court, requesting it to issue an arrest warrant.
Mohanty was an additional chief secretary-rank officer at that time. When the FIR was registered against him, he was deputed as the chairman of Rajasthan Civil Services Appellate Tribunal. The alleged victim was preparing for civil services and stated in her complaint that Mohanty raped her on February 19, 2013 at his flat on the pretext that he would help her clear IAS exam.
The flat at New Sanganer Road, where the alleged exploitation had taken place, was sealed by the police.
Sodala ACB Nem Singh said that the officer had been arrested and booked for rape. Further investigation is going on. Police are also trying to ascertain where the IAS officer had been hiding since he disappeared.