Nashik: A local court on Sunday has remanded MLA Dilip Wagh and his secretary Mahesh alias Bunty Mali to police custody till March 3 on charges of rape.

Earlier in the day, the police had arrested MLA Dilip Wagh’s personal assistant Mahesh alias Bunty Mali, who is also a co-accused in the rape case. The MLA was arrested on Saturday in Mumbai.

On complain of ill-health, Wagh was admitted to Nashik Civil Hospital after he was brought from Mumbai.
Wagh who represents Pachora of Jalgaon district was suspended by the NCP on charges of rape.

Sources said that Mali was picked up by Sarkarwada police here.

A 20-year-old girl from Pathardi, Ahmednagar district, had alleged that Wagh and Mali called her to Nashik, promising to give her a job, and raped her on February 21 at the Government guest house.

She lodged an FIR on February 25. Following the complaint, the girl has undergone a medical test which confirmed that she had a sexual intercourse, police said.

Wagh, before his arrest, had alleged that it was a ‘political conspiracy’.