The Allahabad High Court on Monday directed the senior superintendent of police (Allahabad) to consider registering separate cases against Vidyabhushan Ojha for the rape of different inmates at Shiv Kuti juvenile home for girls.
The court has also sought explanation from the Principal Secretary (Women and Child Development) as to why no action has been taken against the previous superintendent,Suman Srivastava,who had allegedly hushed up instances of sexual harassment during her tenure.
Further,the court also directed the authorities concerned not to allow any publicity seeking individual to get access to the home,as there was a risk that the names of the inmates may be exposed.
The Division Bench of Justices Amar Saran and Ashok Srivastava,which had taken a suo motu cognizance after the matter had come to light,said: The SSP may consider getting Vidyabhushan Ojha tried separately for the cases of rape against different child victims.
The court went on to direct that the suspended employees of the juvenile home would not be re-instated on grounds of delay in inquiry. Also,only an officer of the level of Principal Secretary would have the power to re-instate them and that too after properly recording the reasons in writing.
The inquiry against the employees in such cases will have to be completed within one month. It can be extended to two months only in exceptional cases,and the reasons for the same will have to be recorded in writing. Any further extension,said the court,can only be given by an officer of the level of Principal Secretary.