Gurgaon excise department has been asked to find out whether the accused in The Belaire rape case had ordered alcohol for the women or served them personally at a pub in Cyber Hub.
Police commissioner KK Rao, who asked for the probe, wants to find out whether the accused ordered drinks for himself, and later served it to the two girls — or directly ordered for the girls.
Serving liquor to customers below 25 years of age is considered illegal in the state, and both the women involved in the incident were 18-years-old. So, serving them drinks would be abetting underage drinking, an offence in itself.
Poonam Hooda, station house officer at the Sector 51 women’s police station, would speak to the two girls to know the sequence of events.
“The excise officials will look into this matter as it is a violation of the Excise Act and they need to take strict action. If the pub is found guilty, we will write to officials concerned to cancel their liquor license,” Rao said.
Such a step was necessitated after the accused claimed that the father had “planned the rape”, as he forced both the girls to consume hard drinks with dinner. The complaint also states that neither the victim, nor her friend had ever consumed alcohol before this.
“We formed four teams yesterday, headed by assistant excise and taxation officer, to check underage drinking. Anyone found serving liquor to an underage person and serving beyond prescribed time will be penalised and their licences will be cancelled,” confirmed deputy excise and taxation commissioner, Gurgaon (west), HC Dahiya.
The accused, a 45-year-old businessman, and a director of two companies, was arrested on Friday after a case of rape was registered against him. He has been accused of raping his daughter’s friend, who had come to their house for a sleepover.
The accused, also drunk, allegedly coaxed the girl out of his daughter’s room in the wee hours of the night and raped her.
A case has been registered under IPC Sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) at the women’s police station in Sector 51 on Friday morning.