Will decide on employer’s bail after hearing help’s statement,says court

Dhir’s counsel Rudra Kahlon applied for her bail on the grounds that she was not a flight-risk and was not required for further custodial investigation.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 5, 2013 12:49 am

A city court on Friday said it would refer to the statement of the teenage domestic help before deciding whether her employer,Vandana Dhir,could be granted bail.

“I don’t want to hear arguments friom you (Dhir),the police or the NGO…before listening to the girl’s statement,” Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha said while directing police to record the girl’s statement and produce it on Saturday. The girl,hailing from Jharkhand,is undergoing treatment in Safdarjung hospital. She was allegedly held captive and tortured by Dhir.

Dhir’s counsel Rudra Kahlon applied for her bail on the grounds that she was not a flight-risk and was not required for further custodial investigation.

The court also asked police to find out if the girl’s injuries were self-inflicted and whether she was suffering from mental illness,as alleged by Dhir’s counsel.

The court on Friday also remanded Dorothy,the head of the placement agency which had placed the help with Dhir,in seven-day judicial custody.

While remanding her to custody,Magistrate Manocha asked police why she was not produced as a prosecution witness. In response,the police told the judge that Dorothy was a co-accused in the case.

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