Patiala Police arrest NRI radio journalist on rape charges

CRIMbpannuThe Punjab police have arrested NRI radio journalist and social media commentator Baltej Pannu in a rape case filed by a social activist.

Baltej Pannu has been a vocal critic of the ruling SAD (Badal) and had recently posted on social media that he was threatened by a Badal government minister’s gunman for his critical views about the government.

Reports say Nancy Ghuman a university employee has accused Pannu of sexually exploiting her by making false promises of marriage. She also alleged Pannu had been threatening her that he’d malign her if she did not do his bidding.

On the basis of the complaint the police filed an FIR for rape and arrested Pannu.

Another report says the superintendent of police said that prima facie this was a case of sexual exploitation, as the police had asked Pannu to join the investigation but as he did not do so, he was arrested.

Some critics have alleged that Pannu is a victim of a politically motivated case that signals the state government’s malicious intentions.