NRI held for molesting USA woman at Taj hotel

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A 22-year-old NRI, working as a software engineer for Google on contract basis, has been arrested for allegedly molesting a United States woman in a five-star hotel in New Delhi, police said on Friday.

Speaking to news agency IANS, Additional Commissioner of Police BK Singh said,"Kharbanda, a California-based Non-Resident Indian (NRI), met the victim in the lounge and introduced himself to her".

After the incident, the woman checked out of the hotel and shifted to one in Gurgaon. The woman alleged that the accused laced her drink and tried to grope her while she was semi-conscious. On January 8, they met each other and Kharbanda allegedly invited her to his room, molested her and tried to sedate her, said the police. On the next day, the woman left for Jaipur after a fight with him. At the time of the incident, he had drinks with the woman in his room no 805.

"When he returned to the hotel room on January 9 night, the hotel security informed the police and he was arrested", the ACP added.

A senior police officer said the incident occurred around 10 p.m. "Kharbanda had drinks with the woman in his room". A case of molestation was registered, after which Kharbanda was arrested. A spokesperson for Taj Diplomatic Enclave said they have been providing all support to police. Police officers say that the accused was in Delhi on business and was staying in a room on the eight floor of the hotel. We have been in contact with the lady guest, a formal complaint with the authorities was also facilitated by the hotel team. Next morning she went away for a meeting in Jaipur and returned in the evening.