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SC orders medical examination of prime accused in Muzaffarpur shelter home case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Thursday ordered urgent medical examination of Brajesh Thakur, prime accused in the shelter home sexual abuse case, after his children claimed he was being "tortured physically and mentally" at central jail.

Thakur was shifted to high-security jail in from following the apex court's October 30 order.

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at the shelter home. The issue was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the (TISS) to Bihar's social welfare department.

An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 people, including Thakur, who was running the shelter home. Later, the probe was taken over by the CBI and so far 17 people have been arrested in the case.

On Thursday, the matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice by Vikas Singh.

Singh placed before the bench, which also comprised Justices and Hemant Gupta, a December 6 letter "purportedly written" by two children of Thakur.

"In this letter, it is alleged that Brajesh Kumar Thakur is being tortured physically and mentally in the said jail (at Patiala)," the bench noted in its order.

"Keeping in view the allegations made in the letter, we direct the of the central jail, Patiala, to produce Brajesh Kumar Thakur before the medical superintendent, Rajindra Hospital, at 4 PM today," the bench said.

It also directed that the chief or any other authorised by him should be present in hospital at 4 PM and the would constitute a medical board to examine Thakur.

The bench said that report of the medical board be placed before it by December 10, the next date of hearing.

"The general (of Supreme Court) is directed to convey these orders to the 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," the bench said.

The court had passed the order to shift Thakur out of after the CBI had said he was an influential person and was found in possession of mobile phone inside the

The apex court had earlier termed as "horrible" and "scary" details placed before it about the investigation into the shelter home case.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:20 IST