Saturday, February 26, 2011

NCP suspends Maharashtra MLA over rape charges

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit president Madhukar Pichad on Saturday suspended party MLA Dilip Wagh, from Pachora in Jalgaon district, who is accused of raping a 22-year-old woman. 
   The police have already booked Wagh and his secretary Mahesh Mali for allegedly raping the woman in Nashik on February 21 in a state government guest house. According to informed sources, both had promised a job to the victim from Aurangabad and called her for an interview to Nashik.
   The embarrassed party had to move quickly as the authorities were moving in to file a case against the MLA. The party confirmed Wagh's suspension but declined to give reasons.
   The budget session of the state legislature begins next month where ruling party will be grilled by the opposition on corruption and law and order situation. The accused has been on the run and created problems for the party since home department is handled by senior NCP minister R R Patil.
   Wagh is son of a veteran politician Omkar Wagh who had represented the constituency for two terms and the family has considerable clout in the area.
   This is the second major loss of face for the NCP in recent months after its MP Padamsinh Patil was arrested on the charge of murdering his cousin and Congress leader Pavan Raje Nimbalkar in 2006. 

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