The 21-year-old women from Surat had submitted an application, seeking registration of a rape case against Bhanushali to the police commissioner’s office on July 10.
In the complaint, the victim had alleged that Bhanushali raped her on several occasions since November 2017 after making a false promise of securing admission for her in a reputed fashion designing college.
However, the 53-year-old BJP MLA denied the allegations against him in his resignation letter sent to the state BJP president, Jitu Vaghani, and claimed that it was a conspiracy to malign his image.
He further said, “It appears that this application (to police) is a conspiracy to malign my image. Baseless allegations have been made against me and my family. Till the time I am cleared of the charges, I urge the party to relieve me of my responsibilities,” said Bhanushali in the letter.
Vaghani accepted the resignation, the BJP said in a statement.
Bhanushali was a representative of the Abdasa Assembly constituency in Kutch from 2007 to 2012.
No FIR has been registered in the case yet, said Surat police commissioner Satish Sharma.
“We have forwarded the application to Kapodra police station in the city for further action,” he added.
Even after 48 hours of filing the complaint, the accused yet to arrest the BJP leader. A similar course was followed by the state’police officials in the Naliya gang rape case that involved scores of BJP leaders.
One of his assistants also shot a video of the act on the cell phone with the intention of blackmailing her, she alleged in her application.