HC raps police for parole to rape convict

India on 08 May 2014
Location : Chandigarh, India | Source : Times of India

 The Punjab and Haryana high court was scathing in its remarks against the police for granting parole twice to industrialist Manjit Singh Arora within three months of his conviction for raping a 14-year-old maidservant.

"We have our doubt with regard to grant of parole to an accused of heinous crime of such a nature twice within a period of three months of his conviction," observed a division bench headed by Justice Satish Kumar Mittal. The bench has directed the UT administration to file a detailed affidavit on May 5, explaining under what circumstances and on what grounds parole was granted.

Interestingly, the orders have come in the petition filed by Arora. He had moved the court for extension of parole for some six weeks in the wake of illness of his wife. The high court refused to extend his parole.

The 55-year-old industrialist had courted controversy in November last year when he had accused the additional district and sessions judge Nazar Singh of district court of demanding a bribe of Rs 50 lakh.

On November 18, 2013, Nazar Singh had sentenced Arora to 12 years' rigorous imprisonment after holding him guilty under section 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) for raping a minor. On January 8, 2010, the UT police had booked Arora, who also runs an industrial unit in Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh (HP), for repeatedly raping his maidservant in Chandigarh and Mumbai. Some video clippings of the victim were also recovered from his possession on the basis of which he was exploiting the minor girl.

On April 16, the UT police filed a chargesheet against Arora for his involvement in the case. However, in August 2010, the victim turned hostile and deposed before the court that she was never raped by the industrialist. But the court held the accused guilty on the basis of the victim's statement made before the magistrate after the matter was first reported and the statements of her mother.

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