Bihar shelter home case: SC orders medical examination of Brajesh Thakur

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2018 20:32 hrs
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered an immediate medical examination of the accused Brajesh Thakur lodged in Patiala Jail in Punjab in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

The court ordered the submission of his medical reports by Monday. Ths decision after Thakur approached the Supreme Court through his children who alleged in a letter Thakur is being tortured -- physically and mentally in jail by the Superintendent for money.

"Keeping in view the allegations made in the letter, we direct the Superintendent of the Central Jail, Patiala to produce Brajesh Kumar Thakur before the Medical Superintendent, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala at 4.00 p.m. today. We also direct that the Chief Judicial Magistrate or any other Judicial Magistrate authorised by him should be present in the Hospital at 4.00 p.m, " said the three Judge bench.

"The Medical Superintendent, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala shall constitute a medical board who shall examine Brajesh Kumar Thakur and submit a report to this Court by Monday, 10th December 2018," it added.

"The Secretary-General is directed to convey these orders to the Superintendent of the Central Jail, Patiala, the Medical Superintendent, Rajindra Hospital and to the Sessions Judge, Patiala for onward transmission of this order to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Patiala immediately," stated the order passed by a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Hemant Gupta.

More than 40 minor girls were allegedly sexually assaulted over a period of time in the shelter home which was run by Brijesh Thakur's state-funded non-governmental organization (NGO).

Thakur is allegedly the purported mastermind of the incidents. Earlier this year, Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) had uncovered the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in Bihar.

As many as 11 employees including Thakur were arrested.