Famous stand-up comedian Khyali Saharan, known for his stint in ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ was booked for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in a hotel room here, police said. On the basis of a complaint lodged by the woman, a case was registered against the comedian on March 15 at Mansarovar police station here, they said.
The incident took place on Monday when the comedian, who is an AAP activist, in an “inebriated condition” allegedly raped the woman in a hotel room in Mansarovar area on the pretext of helping her get a job. “A case under IPC Section 376 (rape) has been registered against the comedian following a complaint lodged by the woman. The matter is being investigated,” said sub-inspector Sandeep Yadav who is posted at Mansarovar police station.
Police said that the woman hailing from Sriganganagar worked as a marketing executive for a firm. She, along with another woman, came in contact with the comedian nearly a month ago seeking help for a job. Khyali booked two rooms in a hotel, one for himself and another for the two women. The comedian allegedly consumed beer and forcibly asked the women to drink beer. Later, one of the women left the room and he raped the other woman, police said.
When contacted, Aam Aadmi Party’s state spokesperson Yogendra Gupta said, “AAP has lakhs of workers and he (Khyali) is one of them. What he does in his private life is a different matter. It has nothing to do with the party.”
For the unversed, Khyali was a part of The Great Indian Challenge season 2, in which Rauf Lala was the winner. He was also seen as a guest in The Kapil Sharma Show.
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(With Inputs from PTI)
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