PATNA: A Kaimur sub-divisional police officer on Monday charged Kaimur SP of rape. In an FIR lodged, she alleged that the SP established a physical relationship with her misleading her with false promises of marriage.The police headquarters have set up a three-member committee under the guidelines of the state government to probe the case.

The woman said over phone that after Pushkar Anand joined as Kaimur SP in July this year, their ties went beyond a professional relationship. “He is unmarried and so I easily believed his promises to marry me soon. But when I started pressing him for marriage, he started avoiding me and a few days back, he flatly refused to marry me. He also started abusing me… There are witnesses and proof of our relationship.”

She has said in the FIR that there was even exchange of horoscopes between their families, but the man’s family later claimed that the horoscopes didn’t match. She has also named his parents in the FIR.

However, the SP refuted the allegations. He told TOI, “The SDPO was fond of me and wanted to marry me. When I rejected her proposal, she started blackmailing me. She told me that either you marry me or face the consequences.” He added, “The woman SDPO has a penchant for having love affairs with married men and now she wants to marry me.”

Asked about the action taken in the matter, Bihar DGP P K Thakur said, “We have constituted a three-member inquiry team under the guidelines of the state government. It will submit its report at the earliest, though no timeframe has been given to the team. No action will be taken against the IPS officer till the allegation is prima facie proved. Both of them are senior officials and are aware of the law, so looking at their seniority, we will wait till the inquiry ends to take any action.”

The probe team will be led by a woman IPS officer, A S Nilekar Chandra (IG headquarters), and comprises SP, weaker section, CID, Harpreet Kaur and AIG (inspection) Rajesh Kumar. Rakesh Dubey, president, Bihar Police Service Association, said, “We want a fair and speedy inquiry into the case. When a woman police officer mustered courage to lodge an FIR against her superior, it means something went wrong between them.”