The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an application filed by Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case main accused Brajesh Thakur that he had been tortured in the Patiala jail.
A Bench, led by Justice Madan B. Lokur, said his medical examination did not reveal any signs of injury substantiating his claim of torture.
“There is absolutely nothing in it,” Justice Lokur orally addressed senior advocate Vikas Singh, who was representing the accused.
In Punjab jail
Thakur was shifted to the Patiala high-security jail in Punjab from Bihar’s Bhagalpur jail following the Supreme Court’s October 30 order.
Over 30 girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The issue was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to Bihar’s Social Welfare Department.
Probe handed over to CBI
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 December 6, Mr. Singh had placed before the court a letter “purportedly written” by two children of Thakur, in which it was alleged that he was being tortured physically and mentally in the Patiala jail.