Senior Bihar Congress leader resigns after being booked under POCSOBihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) vice-president Brajesh Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the party post after police booked him under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO).
Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) vice-president Brajesh Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the party post after police booked him under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO).
The development comes after his name surfaced in a sexual exploitation case lodged by the daughter of a former minister of the same party.
Police confirmed that a case has been lodged against Pandey for allegedly sexually exploiting a minor girl.
Inspector General of Police (Weaker Section) Anil Kishore Yadav said that the case was lodged on the basis of supervision note submitted by CID Women's cell Deputy Superintendent of Police Mamta Kalyani.
Refusing to divulge more details the IGP said that investigation is on in the matter.
The Congress leader's name has been included in the case along with main accused Nikhil Priyadarshi. The girl alleged Priyadarshi duping her in the name of marriage and blackmailed her with his brother, another co-accused and the Congress leader.
An FIR has been registered in this connection with SC/ST police station in Patna.
Priyadarshi, who is the son of a retired Jharkhand-cadre IAS official, and other co-accused are absconding after a lower court here had recently rejected his anticipatory bail application.
When contacted the state Congress chief spokesman HK Verma refused any comment on the issue.
Bihar Congress president and minister Ashok Choudhary is out of state campaigning for the party in Uttar Pradesh.
Brajesh Pandey had unsuccessfully contested from Govindganj constituency in East Champaran in 2015.
The girl appeared on local TV channels and narrated her woes. She alleged that Brajesh Pandey was introduced to her as a big leader and used to threaten her with dire consequences. She also alleged Pandey of being involved in a sex racket.