Just days before the Lok Sabh by-poll in Punjab’s Gurdaspur, a woman has approached the Supreme Court accusing the BJP candidate Swaran Salaria of rape.
The complainant has claimed that Salaria repeatedly subjected her to sexual exploitation on the pretext of marriage. The woman has also made her intimate photos with Salaria public promoting them to go viral on social media platforms.
According to the complaint, Salaria exploited the woman physically between 1982 and 2014 on the pretext of marrying her.
The woman, in her mid 40s, said that the BJP leader exploited her physically for 32 years, reported India Today. She claimed that Swaran Salaria initially kept her in a paying guest accommodation but later gave her a flat to live in. The woman hails from Mumbai.
Salaria, who became the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur last month, is also a Mumbai-based businessman and has denied allegations leveled by the woman alleging attempts to tarnish his image.
“I am not a child. I had discussed everything with my advocate and provided every information that was needed in the election affidavit. Congress is free to make any complaints. It is a matter of fact that a false case against me was closed in 2015. So there was no need to make mention of that in affidavit,” Salaria was quoted by Indian Express.
Meanwhile, the Congress has asked the Election Commission to cancel Salaria’s nomination. Finance Minister in Punjab’s Congress government, Manpreet Singh Badal, accused Salaria of hiding the information about the criminal cases being faced by him in his nomination papers.
He said, “We are submitting a complaint to the Election Officer besides the Election Commission. Swaran Salaria is already facing a case under IPC Sections 376, 420 and 306 besides the SC Act, which was registered on 15th of December 2014. His nomination should be cancelled immediately.”
The Gurdaspur seat had fallen vacant following the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year.