Man held for 'raping' German 12 years ago

Jaswant Singh, 36, was arrested on Sunday night at his house in the Adarsh Nagar area in northwest Delhi.

“The accused went to Germany in 1992 and was staying there illegally. In 1997, he along with two of his friends Karan Singh, an Indian, and Mohammad Shahzad, a Pakistani, assaulted and raped a 17-year-old German girl at Darmstadt in Germany,” a senior police officer said. 
 
According to the officer, the girl was walking back home on August 1, 1997, after missing her train when the three spotted her.

Jaswant Singh caught up with her and dragged her inside a park, where he raped her. The other two also raped the girl before letting her go.

The involvement of the three accused came to light when owner of Le Petit restaurant, where Jaswant Singh was working as a chef, overheard him and Karan Singh talking about the incident and informed the police.

While the other two were arrested, Jaswant Singh somehow escaped, and went to Holland from where he returned to India.

Karan Singh and Shahzad were put on trial in Germany and sentenced  respectively to ten and eight years’ imprisonment.

Since Jaswant Singh was absconding, the German embassy forwarded copies of the records of the case to the External Affairs Ministry in 2008, asking criminal proceedings be initiated against him, the officer said. The matter was then handed over to Delhi Police’s crime branch.

Not much info

“The German authorities did not have much information about him. We just had his name and place of birth, which is Miani in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur area. Information regarding persons with similar names and description who had arrived from Germany over the past few years was gathered. Sources were deployed in various locations in Punjab and people engaged in facilitating immigration were also tapped,” a police officer said.

“After months of investigations, Jaswant Singh was arrested at his house at Adarsh Nagar. He will be put on trial in New Delhi. Germany has not sought his extradition,” he said.

Jaswant Singh was running a transport business from an office in the national capital’s Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, the officer said.

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