In a chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police concerning Union Minister Smriti Irani’s stalking case, the police have named 4 students from Delhi University for allegedly misbehaving and stalking the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) minister. The chargesheet was filed by the police on Tuesday. The stalking incident took place in April 2017 when Smriti Irani was returning to her home in Chanakyapuri from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. At that time four DU students had followed Smriti Irani’s car in Lutyens Delhi. On being confronted it was found that the students were drunk.

Following a complaint by the minister, the four accused were arrested for stalking as well as outraging the modesty of a woman. However, the accused were later released on bail. The Delhi police had filed an FIR under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The reports that the accused were booked under 354 D (stalking) and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) charges of the IPC. The police said that the accused were coming from a party and started chasing the Union Minister’s car.

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The matter was highlighted after I&B Minister, Smriti Irani, had made a call to the Police Control Room (PCR) and also filed a complaint with Chankayapuri Police Station. Following the complaint, the students were detained by the Delhi police. After being detained, the accused were sent for medical tests. The medical reports for the four students later confirmed that the accused had alcohol in their blood. The police said that the accused were trying to overtake the minister’s car. Commenting on the matter, the investigating police officer said that the stalking incident took place while the minister was crossing Delhi’s Moti Bagh flyover.

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