August 01, 2005

Sex-on-tape in Ranchi: Suspended IG sees Naxal ploy

CM Munda ordered suspension after tape showed Natarajan in a compromising position with a tribal woman


RANCHI, AUGUST 1 Step into the bungalow guarded by armed cops of the Jharkhand police, and face to face is 50-plus IG P.S. Natarajan in his residential chamber at Doranda. Suspended by Chief Minister Arjun Munda last night after he was allegedly caught on tape in a ‘‘compromising position’’ with a tribal woman, the IG today explained it away as a conspiracy against him by Naxalites.

Natarajan, an IPS officer of the 1975 batch, South Chhotanagpur Division headquartered at Ranchi, is accused of seeking sexual favours from the woman. He was, she alleged, looking into another case of her sexual abuse by a former DIG of the CID.

‘‘The in-house inquiry will piece together facts and submit its report to the government,’’ DGP B.D. Ram told The Indian Express.

‘‘In this age of information technology, everything is possible. The images shown by the TV channels are not mine,’’ said Natarajan. ‘‘It has been dubbed. She is a woman with a Naxal link, and there is a possibility that the Naxals have ganged up to frame me...She is mentally unstable.’’

But Sushma Badaik, mother of a four-year-old son, claimed that she had approached ETV reporter Surendra Soren after Natrajan sought sexual favours from her. ‘‘I did this to expose him,’’ said Baidik. ‘‘Natarajan saheb was investigating into my complaint of sexual abuse by former CID DIG Parvez Hayat saheb.’’ Soren, in turn, said Baidik approached her in office, seeking help to expose Natarajan.

The police inquiry in place now might look into Baidik’s ‘‘chequered background’’. The daughter of a Class III employee of the state government, she married her boyfriend Rajesh Kujur, who was not of her caste in 2000, against her parents’ wishes. The two rented a house in Palamau and had a son a year later. Baidik, however, alleges that he ditched her soon and she returned to her parents’ house with her son. Kujur, who apparently had a Naxalite connection, decided to rejoin the outfit. ‘‘This had jolted me and I loitered around for justice. But I never got it,’’ said Baidik.

The Palamau police registered an FIR on June 7, 2002, alleging that Badaik was gangraped by six youths. ‘‘Two of the four accused were taken into custody. But nothing happened to them,’’ she said. She then reportedly took up arms and was arrested in 2002 for carrying arms illegally.

She met Parvez Hayat when she came out on bail. ‘‘I had met him to seek justice and help me get back my son. Hayat saheb always sounded friendly. He also promised to get me a job of a constable and for that, he compelled me to have sex with him several times. When I did not get justice, I lodged a complaint with the CM,’’ Baidik said.

Natarajan was asked to inquire into the allegations last year. Hayat too had then said Baidik was mentally unstable. In his inquiry, Natarajan had given Hayat a clean chit, saying ‘‘there is no substantial evidence to prove her charge’’.


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