Customs and Central Excise commissioner arrested for molesting 9-year-old girl
VADODARA: A senior
official of the Customs and Central Excise, SS Sharma, was on Friday arrested
by Vadodara crime branch police for allegedly molesting a nine-year-old girl,
who is the daughter of the cook in his official residence.
Based on a complaint
filed by the girl’s mother, a case under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code
(IPC) was lodged against Sharma on July 7, and he was absconding ever since.
The case was handed
over to the city crime branch. ACP (crime) MB Joshi said that Sharma,
accompanied with his son and a lawyer, surrendered himself at the control room
of the Police Bhavan on Friday morning and has been sent to judicial custody.
“He surrendered after
eluding arrest for four days, and has been sent to judicial custody. He is
booked for sexually harassing a 9-year-old girl,” Joshi said. As per the
details of the case, Sharma, who is posted as the commissioner, Central Excise
and Customs (National Academy of Custom Excise and Narcotics), entered the
house of his cook who lives at the servants’ quarters situated near his
residence at Race Course circle, and allegedly molested her daughter when she
was alone. The girl, who is a class V student, escaped from his clutches and
ran away to a neighbour’s house.
The girl’s parents
complained about this incident, which happened on Friday last week, to the
chief commissioner, and then lodged an FIR with the Gotri police station on
July 7. “We have learnt that Sharma is mentally troubled as he is under
psychiatric treatment. We are probing all angles even as he has denied any
wrong-doing after surrendering himself,” Joshi said.