A Delhi police team comprising 15 officials arrived in Jaipur this morning to arrest Rajasthan Minister Mahesh Joshi’s son Rohit, who is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman.
The police team visited two residences of the minister in the city, but the accused was not present there, officials said.
In her complaint, the woman alleged that the minister’s son raped her on several occasions between January 8 last year and April 17 this year, and also promised to marry her.
The woman said she developed a friendship with Rohit Joshi on Facebook last year and they have been in contact since then.
She also accused Rohit Joshi of kidnapping and blackmailing.
“During their first meeting, she alleged, he spiked her drink and when she woke up the next morning, he showed her naked photographs and videos which worried her,” reads the FIR.
She further stated that on August 11, 2021, she found out that she was pregnant with his baby and alleged that he forced her to take a pill but she didn’t.
Reacting to the allegations against his son, Mr Joshi said, “Instead of speculation and the media trial in this case, police should be allowed to do their job. I am sure police will do justice, go deep and find out the truth.”
Meanwhile, the Opposition BJP in the state alleged that the state government is trying to save the accused. “It is unfortunate that the government is trying to save the accused. It is the Congress culture, which tries to cover up such cases eventually, which is unfortunate,” Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Gulab Chand Kataria said.
Mahesh Joshi is considered to be a close aide of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.