Mumbai: NCP MLA from Pachora was suspended from the party on Saturday after he was booked for allegedly raping a girl. The Maharashtra government has been asked to conduct an "in-depth" investigation into the incident.

Dilip Wagh, an MLA from Pachora in Jalgaon district, and his personal assistant Mahesh Mali were booked by police on Friday for allegedly raping a 20-year-old girl.

"Maharashtra NCP President Madhukar Pichad suspended the legislator and has asked the government to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the incident," party spokesperson Madan Bafna said.

The police action came after the victim lodged a complaint at Sarkarwada police station in Nashik on Thursday, police said. But, no arrests have been made so far.

According to the complaint, Wagh, along with Mali asked the Aurangabad-based girl to come to Nashik on Thursday, promising her a job and allegedly raped her at a guest house there, they said.

Meanwhile, Wagh claimed that the allegations were part of a political conspiracy hatched by his opponents against him.

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had on Friday said a case has been registered against the MLA and police are investigating the issue.

"All are equal before the law and police would conduct the probe in an impartial manner," the NCP leader said.

 

(Agencies)