Call details of Jaswanti Devi, main accused in the Apna Ghar sexual abuse case, have put a senior bureaucrat under scrutiny.
According to call details of Jaswanti's cell phone, procured by the Haryana police's special investigation team (SIT), she was in touch with Rohtak additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Ramesh Chander Bidhan at the time when the shelter home run by her was raided by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on May 9.
The SIT report submitted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has no mention of the conversation between Jaswanti and Bidhan.
Three girls, who had fled from the shelter home, had complained to the NCPCR that girl inmates at Apna Ghar were subjected to sexual and physical torture by Jaswanti and several others.
Subsequently, a commission team had raided the Rohtak shelter home. Jaswanti had made 19 calls from her cell phone till 2:55am on May 10 and received 12 calls.
According to the SIT report handed over to the CBI and the Punjab and Haryana high court, Jaswanti made a call to 99966-66068, while she received three calls from the number on May 9. The SIM of the number is registered in the name of the district rural development agency (DRDA), new building, tehsil office, and is the official cell number of the Rohtak ADC. The latter is the ex-officio CEO (chief executive officer) of the DRDA.
Jaswanti called on the ADC's cell number and talked for 283 seconds around 7:30pm on May 9. Then, she received three calls from the number at 7:35pm (13 seconds), 7:38 pm (40 seconds) and 7:43pm (55 seconds).
When contacted on Monday, Bidhan confirmed to Hindustan Times that the cell number 99966-66068 was used by him as his official contact number.
About Jaswanti's calls, he said, "I cannot recall anything about the matter. I would have to look into the call details of my cell phone."
Bidhan said neither the SIT nor the Rohtak police had sought any explanation from him about the phone calls.
Sources said the case had been handed over to the CBI before the SIT could question the officer.