Muzaf­farpur hor­ror ac­cused to be sent to Pa­tiala prison

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tues­day di­rected the shift­ing of Bra­jesh Thakur − the main ac­cused in Muzaf­farpur shelter home rape case − to Pa­tiala prison from Bi­har’s Bha­galpur jail.

A bench headed by Jus­tice Madan B. Lokur or­dered Thakur’s shift­ing to the high se­cu­rity prison in Pun­jab, de­spite the de­fence coun­sel sug­gest­ing Delhi.

“No, no, Delhi is al­ready pol­luted (over­crowded),” Jus­tice Lokur said.

The court also ex­pressed its dis­plea­sure over the po­lice not ar­rest­ing an­other ac­cused and for­mer cab­i­net Min­is­ter Manju Verma who was in Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Kumar’s government.

“Her bail was re­jected on Oct.9. Why have you not ar­rested her... be­cause she was a cab­i­net min­is­ter. No body could trace her. Why was she not ar­rested,” Jus­tice Lokur asked, brush­ing aside all ex­pla­na­tions by se­nior coun­sel Ran­jit Kumar ap­pear­ing for the state.

Point­ing to the de­prav­ity of the crime where 34 of the 41 mi­nors housed in a short stay home were conirmed to have been raped, Jus­tice Lokur said: “Th­ese girls were in­jected with drugs” and a “per­son is al­lowed to con­struct a four-storeyed build­ing with­out win­dows.”

De­scrib­ing what all has hap­pened as “in­de­fen­si­ble,” se­nior coun­sel Kumar said that the au­thor­i­ties are look­ing into how the build­ing was con­structed, who sanc­tioned the plan and why it should not be de­mol­ished.”

At least 34 girl in­mates of the shelter home were found to have been raped dur­ing a so­cial au­dit in June.

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