After two days of seeking clarification about the remand period,Panchkula court on Friday,finally,remanded a co-accused,Sub-Inspector Bhim Singh Ranga,in police custody for two days,in connection with the alleged sexual exploitation of inmates of Rohtak shelter home.
CBI had on Wednesday sought seven-day police remand of three accused – Ranga,Jai Bhagwan,son-in-law of Apna Ghar caretaker Jaswanti,and Satish,Jaswantis driver. However,the court did not grant police custody of Jai Bhagwan and Satish,stating that the maximum remand an undertrial could undergo was 15 days and it was over. The Judge remanded Ranga,who was arrested by a Haryana Police team on July 5,in two-day police custody.
When asked if further custody of the accused will be sought by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),CBI counsel Labh Singh,member of recently appointed investigating body for the case,said the decision would be taken by higher authorities.
On Wednesday and Thursday,the court had been adjourned without pronouncing any decision because of failure to produce case diaries of accused and expiry of police remand period.
Ranga has been accused of destroying evidences pertaining to the sex scandal as the investigating officer (IO) of the case. He was arrested by Haryana Police on July 5 and has since remained in police custody for two days. Excluding the past two days spent in judicial proceedings,two days of his custody period was available,which was granted by the court on Friday.
Seven other accused who were remanded in judicial custody by the Panchkula court on Wednesday include Jaswanti Devi,prime accused and caretaker of the shelter home,Jaswantis daughter Simmi,brother Jaswant,cousin Sheela,home counsellor Meena and two other shelter home employees Chand Singh and Pappu.
On May 9,the National Council for Protection of Child Rights had conducted a surprise raid and rescued nearly 120 people,including children and women,from Apna Ghar,a shelter home,run by Jaswanti Devi in Rohtak. The inmates had posed serious allegations of sexual exploitation and human trafficking against Devi and other accused.
Suffers from coronary artery disease
Sub-Inspector Bhim Singh Ranga,co accused in the Rohtak shelter home case,who was remanded to two-day police custody by Panchkula court on Friday,was admitted to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital,Sector 16,late in the evening. It was diagnosed here that he had a history of diabetes and hypertension and he was also suffering from coronary artery disease. He was brought to the hospital as part of a routine custodial check-up. He was then referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research,Chandigarh,where he was admitted to the emergency ward.