Former Akali Dal minister, wanted for rape, surrenders

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Langah, who was booked on Friday at Gurdaspur on a complaint by a woman constable of the Punjab Police, chose to surrender in the court in Chandigarh instead of Gurdaspur. Langah had declared to surrender himself before Gurdaspur court but he failed to do so after the video went viral. Langah appeared in the court accompanied by his a few family members and a battery of lawyers. In her complaint, she said nobody believed her story without the video evidence - as the Akali Dal is very influential in the region.

According to the details given in the FIR, which is registered in Gurdaspur city police station sates that Langah first became acquainted with the victim in 2009, a year after the demise of her husband as she was seeking job opportunities.

Langah who had resigned from SAD and membership of SGPC has gone underground and police is conducting raids to arrest him.

The victim also informed the police, "I chose to shoot the video because I knew no one would believe me". Being a national holiday today on account of Gandhi Jayanti, the surrender plea was put up before the duty magistrate.

Police have booked the former agriculture minister under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 384 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation), 376 (rape).

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Following this, both the AAP and Congress attacked the Shiromani Akali Dal, asking party chief Sukhbir Badal to clarify his stand on the issue.

Langah had on Friday announced to surrender before court since he claimed he was innocent and he had fulkl faith in the law of the land. "I have firm belief that truth will come out and justice will be done to me", he had said yesterday.

Mr Langah called the case "political vendetta" and "premeditated", just before the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat bypoll on October 11. The SAD and alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party have defended Langah, saying that the case was motivated by Punjab's ruling Congress before the crucial bypoll.

The Congress has rubbished the charges of vendetta in the rape case.

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