Mumbai: Dismissing rape allegations levelled by a 38-year-old woman, Maharashtra Social and Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde claimed he is in a relationship with her since 2003, and they have two children together. In a Facebook post, he further accused the woman and her sister of trying to blackmail him and extort money from him. Munde said that he had also given a complaint to the police in November 2020.Also Read - Maharashtra: Passengers Arriving In Mumbai From UAE Exempted From 7-Day Home Quarantine | Details Here

The claim by the Maharashtra Minister came after the woman along with her lawyer on January 11 arrived at the Oshiwara police station in Andheri to file a rape complaint against Munde. She stated in her complaint that she knows Munde since 1997. She alleged that Munde is raping her by giving an assurance of marrying her and also promised to help her to get work as a singer in Bollywood. Also Read - 11 Skulls, 54 Bones Of Foetuses Found At Hospital In Maharashtra's Wardha, Probe Underway

After Munde accepted his relationship with the woman, BJP’s women wing wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and demanded his removal from the Cabinet. Also Read - Maharashtra Records Over 46,000 Fresh COVID Infections, 36 Deaths; No New Case of Omicron Today

Advocate Ramesh Tripathi, lawyer of the woman said that FIR has not been lodged in the matter so far.

“Munde first raped her in 2008 when she was alone at her home and shot video of it. Since then had repeated the act multiple times over the years. In 2019, he denied marrying her and said if she says something then he will leak the video on social media. The police station denied of lodging an FIR in the case. We will go to court. If anything happens to her, then Munde will be responsible,” he said.