POCSO Court Orders To Prosecute 22 People In The Sahara City Minor’s Rape Case

Jamshedpur 10th July 2021: In the recent developments in the Sahara City minor rape case, the special POCSO court of Additional District Judge – V, Subhash has passed an order involving 22 more people in the case and initiation of trial against them.

In the sensational case, former deputy superintendent of police Ajay Karatta, former MGM police station OC Imdad Ansari and a woman have been made accused.

Three persons Inderpal Singh Saini, Shib Kumar Mahato, and Shrikant Mahto, were initially made accused in the case registered at Mango police station in January 2018, taking the total number of accused to 25.

The court ordered the induction of 22 more accused under section 319 of CrPC after the victim’s mother filed a petition in the special POCSO court in March this year.

“After the petition was filed in the special POCSO court, the court recorded the statement of the victim. Since the names and addresses of all the 22 accused were not in the petition, the court had directed them to produce them. The petitioner had submitted the name and address of the accused on July 3,” said advocate Mamta Singh, appearing for the victim.

Earlier, the police had investigated these 22 people but had given them a clean chit in 2019, following which the victim’s mother approached former chief minister Raghubar Das for justice. Das had ordered a CID probe. 

The CID had also investigated, but last September gave a clean chit to these 22 people.

The victim, who worked as a domestic help in the house of a businessman Nanak Chand Seth, was allegedly raped by Shib Kumar Mahato in 2016. An electrician, Shib Kumar, had raped the victim while on her way to Seth’s house in the Sahara town in the absence of Seth and his family member.

Shib Kumar had also made a video clipping of the incident and later passed it on to his friends Saini and Srikanth, who later exploited the minor.

In 2017, Saini had taken the victim to Dimna forest under the MGM police station area where he was caught by the police along with the girl. 

The victim was brought to MGM police station, where two police officers, including a DSP, raped the girl.

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