Co-pilot summoned for threatening victim to withdraw case


Varun Agarwal (27) was arrested on May 29 from the domestic airport at suburban Vile Parle for raping a 22-year-old air hostess on several occasions since May 2009 on the pretext of marrying her.

A    sessions court had on June 14 granted the co-pilot bail on a surety of Rs 25,000 after observing that his custody was no longer required by the police.

"The police has summoned notice to Varun directing him to appear before the assistant commissioner of police, Powai, tomorrow after the victim filed another complaint alleging that Varun has been threatening her to withdraw the case," his lawyer Laxman Kanal said.

The victim in her complaint has alleged that Varun after being released from jail has been threatening her to withdraw the case or face dire consequences. Pursuant to the complaint, the police issued summons to Varun directing him to file his reply to the allegations.

"We will first seek a copy of the complaint and then file our reply. After that the police would record the statement of witnesses, if there are any," Kanal said.

Varun was facing charges of rape, cheating, causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
According to the police, Varun, who joined Jet Airways in 2006, started luring the victim since 2008, a year after she joined the air carrier.

Varun had proposed marriage to the victim who rejected it several times. In 2008, she agreed to his proposal and moved into his house in May 2009.

However, after a few months, Varun allegedly started assaulting her and even threatened her to throw acid on her face if she left him, according to police.
Varun kept postponing their marriage following which the victim approached the police.

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