SRINAGAR: J&K Lieutenant Governor on Friday accorded sanction to the dismissal of the services of Civil Judge (senior division)/Sub Judge Rajesh Kumar Abrol, nearly two months after he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping and cheating a woman petitioner who appeared in his court in 2018 in connection with a matrimonial dispute.

The order stated that the Lt Governor “is pleased to accord sanction to the dismissal” with effect from October 21, 2021, by invoking Article 311 of the Constitution. Besides condemning him to rigorous imprisonment, a fast track court in Jammu imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on Abrol on October 23.

According to the prosecution, the woman from Ramban met Abrol of Jammu when she was contesting a case against her then-husband and the judicial officer promised her legal help. In return, he asked her to work as a house help at Rs 5,000 a month in his home as he was living alone. He also promised to pay for her daughter’s education.

The mother agreed and took up the job, and Abrol got her marriage dissolved with her husband by getting a divorce deed notarised with one of his security guards as a witness, the prosecution said.

But the woman’s parents wanted her back with them. “When Abrol got wind that she might leave, he filled her ‘maang’ with ‘babuti’ and told her that she is now his wife,” the prosecution said. By doing so, he secured her consent to have a physical relationship with her. Later, he called a priest and a few friends and “solemnised” the marriage in his house.

After a year, she came to know that Abrol has married another woman and had divorced his first wife. She then filed a case of rape and cheating.


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