Guwahati: The Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Court dismissed New Delhi-based Kashmiri businessman Sahil Zaroo’s plea for bail on Tuesday. Zaroo was arrested in August for raping and threatening a young professional from Northeast India.

“The offence in question entails serious punishment. There are chances that the accused may influence the complainant and other witnesses. Accused may tamper with the evidence. Keeping in mind the above facts and circumstances of the case, the accused is not entitled to bail,” read the court order, dismissing Zaroo’s bail application.

The court dismissed his bail application considering the nature of the accusation, reasonable apprehension of tampering of the witness, gravity of the charge and likelihood of the offence being repeated, among other reasons. The court also mentioned the possibility of the accused absconding if given bail, considering that he is a flight risk and had to be nabbed from Kashmir.

“The court has dismissed the bail, he (Sahil Zaroo) is still in judicial custody, in lockup. The police have completed the investigation and submitted the charge sheet,” Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police, Hibu Tamang informed EastMojo.

The accused allegedly drugged the girl and raped her after a party, when she lost consciousness. The survivor lodged a complaint with the cops (FIR No. 252/21) against Sahil Zaroo on August 18, two days after the incident under sections 376 and 328 of the Indian Penal Code, after which Zaroo reportedly offered the survivor money and kept trying to persuade her to take the case back. 

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“His bail had to be dismissed because he is a habitual offender. Considering that this is a heinous crime under (section) 376, the bail deserved to be dismissed. Honourable court and the judge have done the right thing dismissing his bail plea,” said Dr. Alana Golmei, a New Delhi-based advocate representing the survivor.

Zaroo also tried contacting her through WhatsApp and threatened to send cops for narcotic tests and put her behind bars, when she filed the FIR. Sources close to the case alleged he was confident that her blood test results would show a presence of drugs, since Zaroo had drugged the victim.

“This kind of exemplary action is very reassuring for people like us who are fighting, especially for the vulnerable women from the northeast. The judicial process is a long one but this gives hope. They will appeal to the higher courts for bail but what is reassuring is that we are at least one step ahead since charge sheet has already been filed and we will be going for the trial,” Dr Golmei told EastMojo.

Sahil Zaroo had fled the city after allegedly committing the crime and was nabbed by Delhi Police in record 24 hours after the survivor lodged an FIR on August 18. 

“It is such a big challenge fighting for justice for young girls from the northeast in metro cities but this kind of strengthens their belief in the judicial system. The girl is safe, she has written to the LG and concerned senior officials to alert them but since the accused is not let out, there is no reason to worry,” the advocate and activist informed.

Sahil Zaroo’s wife Saima Majid had also filed a counter-complaint against the survivor after Zaroo’s arrest, accusing the survivor of blackmailing, extortion and honey trapping. Majid lodged a complaint with the SHO, Greater Kailash on August 30, alleging that the survivor lied to her husband and cheated him for money.

In the past, Sahil Zaroo was involved in the famous NDPS case of Rahul Mahajan which was registered at the Tughlak Road Police Station in 2006. He was also questioned in the NIA case related to “Hawala Money” in connection with DSP Davinder Singh, J&K Police.

Another case vide FIR 32/2008 under sections 232, 354, 427, 506, 509, 541, 389 of the IPC was registered against Zaroo for slapping Bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan of Jannat movie fame in 2008.

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