The accused had come to Maharashtra for higher studies and became friends with the girl in 2012. When he came to Salem in 2014 to pursue MBA, the girl got admitted in the same college for MSc. She resided at a house in Athikarapatti in Salem, and he stayed in the same vicinity. As per the case, he took an opportune time to rape her after gagging her with a dupatta and tying her to a bed with shoelaces. Though his counsel cited certain inconsistencies in the case to seek the conviction be set aside, additional public prosecutor M Prabhavathi argued that such minor discrepancy would not go to the root of the case, adding that her testimony was sufficient to convict the accused.