"We announced a reward of Rs 10,000 against Katare last night as he is absconding and is not appearing before the police despite summons," Bhopal Superintendent of Police (SP-South) Rahul Kumar Lodha said today.
Police have also announced a reward for Vikramjit Singh, an aide of the complainant in Mr Katare's case, officials said. Vikramjit Singh is untraceable since January 24 when a 21-year-old journalism student was arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from Mr Katare after threatening to file a rape case against the legislator.
The student, while in jail, had complained against Mr Katare alleging that he had raped her several times following which police took a case of rape and abduction against the Congress leader on February 2.
Mr Katare, in his defence, had earlier said that the journalism student had met him a couple of times and, along with her aide Mr Singh, had tried to extort money.
Police had arrested the woman when she came to collect Rs 5 lakh as part of a "settlement" with the legislator. She was granted bail on February 5, officials said.
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