Delhi Police on Saturday booked editor-in-chief of a Hindi channel after one of its female employees lodged a complaint for rape. The complaint was filed at Delhi’s Tughlak Road police station.
“The complainant alleged that while staying in Indirapuram and working in Zenetix Gym she came in contact with one Umesh Kumar of Samachar Plus in the year of 2016. He offered a job of Vice President. In April 2017 she joined the job there. On 9/6/17 he called her at his residence and committed rape on the pretext of marriage. Thereafter he repeated the same several times. On 26/8/17 she was called to Claridges hotel and sexually assaulted her on the pretext of marriage.
“Here, she came to know that he was already married and having two kids. Thereafter, the quarrel started and the alleged accused financially helped her so that she should not disclose. She was also threatened. She is having records of long WhatsApp conversations. She filed the complaint on 13/2/18 and thereafter arrived in PS for medical examination on 16/2/18. A case vide FIR No 16/18 u/s 376/506 IPC has been registered at PS Tughlak Road. Statement u/s 164 CrPC has been recorded today. The Hotel authorities have confirmed the presence of accused in the hotel as the room was booked in his name,” the police complaint said.
The woman in her complaint said that she was repeatedly raped on the pretext of the marriage even though the channel’s editor was already married. Both had come in contact at the gym, where the woman was facing sexual harassment and had sought the editor’s help.
Kumar is reported to have started his career as a property dealer before launching a regional Hindi TV channel in Uttarakhand. He had carried out a sting operation on Uttarakhand Congress leaders in 2016.
He was later provided with a ‘Y’ category security cover by the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.
Kumar was not available for comment when Janta Ka Reporter contacted him for his reaction. He’s, however, reported to have told other media outlets that the allegations against him were untrue.