New Delhi: A Delhi court has summoned BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain in response to a woman’s complaint accusing him of rape and criminal intimidation. The court has acknowledged the alleged offence and directed the former union minister to appear before it on October 20.
The court’s decision was based on a thorough review of the cancellation report, the complainant’s protest petition, the investigating officer’s response to the petition, and other relevant evidence. The judge noted that the complainant’s consistent statements to the police, the court, and her statement under Section 164 of the CrPC supported her claims.
The police had sought the cancellation of the FIR, but the judge dismissed their report, emphasizing that the issues raised by the investigating officer could be addressed during the trial. The court believes that the complainant’s credibility can only be tested during the trial when she faces cross-examination by the accused.
Consequently, the court has taken cognizance of the alleged offences, which include Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The judge has directed the accused, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, to be summoned for the next hearing through the SHO concerned.