HC asks Sessions Judge, Bhopal to entrust matter to court in gangrape case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Nov 2017 13:33:57


Legal Correspondent,

Hearing the Bhopal gangrape case, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice, Hemant Gupta and Justice, Vijay Kumar Shukla has directed that, as and when charge-sheet is filed, the Sessions Judge, Bhopal should entrust the matter to a court, which can take up proceedings preferably on day to day basis.

Advocate General has to submit a status report in respect of the disciplinary proceedings initiated against the Police officials, who have not lodged the First Information Report (FIR) and made the victim run from one Police Station to another. Such report shall be filed within two weeks. The Advocate General also stated that the report shall be filed in respect of the doctors, who have prepared the report in a cursory manner. The division bench has listed the matter for hearing on November 27, 2017.

During the hearing, Advocate General P K Kaurav submitted action taken report before the division bench taken on record. The Advocate General stated before the court that the State suspended five police personnel and two doctors. Charge-sheet will be filed in next 15 days and charge-sheet to doctors and police personnel will also be issued in next 15 days. Awareness programme for Police personnel to sensitise them will also be taken up. Report of chain of events was also placed on record. Advocate General stated that investigation is likely to be completed within 15 days and the charge-sheet filed before the court.

As and when charge-sheet is filed, we direct the Sessions Judge, Bhopal to entrust the matter to a court, which can take up the proceedings preferably on day to day basis, the division bench said. The division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice, Hemant Gupta and Justice, Vijay Kumar Shukla on Monday, heard the Suo Moto (In-Reference) take cognizance on the issue of gangrape of the 19-year-old girl at Bhopal. The division bench has heard the Suo-Moto against the Chief Secretary, State Government Of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Public Health And Family Welfare Department, Bhopal, Director General Of Police, Bhopal, Inspector General Of Police, Bhopal And Superintendent Of Police, Bhopal.

It may be recalled that earlier, the opposition Congress had accused the Madhya Pradesh Government of trying a cover up after a medical report, which has since been junked, of a 19-year-old gang-rape victim said the “sex was consensual”. The civil services aspirant was raped by four rag pickers close to the Government Railway Police’s (GRP) Habibganj station in Bhopal on October 31, causing widespread anger as fighting over police jurisdiction delayed the filing of complaint. The initial medical report, prepared after the woman was examined on November 1, at the Sultania Zanana Hospital said, “Two boys named... took her near the sewage and then, into the tunnel where they had sexual intercourse with her with her consent of (sic) will.”