Report shows no sign of torture on Brajesh Thakur

Report shows no sign of torture on Brajesh Thakur

Brijesh Thakur

The Supreme Court on Monday found “absolutely nothing” in the medical examination report to suggest that Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case, was physically or mentally tortured in Patiala jail.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said they have perused the report of medical board and the doctors have not found any injuries to substantiate the claims of physical and mental torture of the accused in the jail.

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

The top court also refused to interfere with the orders issued by the state authorities to demolish the shelter home where over 30 girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused. The issue was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (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.

During the hearing on Monday, the bench referred to the medical report of Thakur and told senior advocate Vikas Singh, who was representing him, that no injuries were found during the medical examination.

The court had on December 6 ordered for medical examination of Thakur after a letter purportedly written by his two children claimed he was being tortured in the jail.