Nitish orders suspension of jail superintendent for objectionable act

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2016 13:39 IST
Chief minister Nitish Kumar speaking to mediapersons, in Patna on Wednesday. (AP Dube/HT Photo)

The Bihar government on Wednesday suspended Kripa Shankar Pandey, superintendent of Kishanganj sub-divisional jail, for the latter’s objectionable act with a minor girl on the prison premises.

The order was issued by chief minister Nitish Kumar soon after he returned to Patna from New Delhi. The CM also directed the Kishanganj administration to lodge a case against Pandey and probe the incident by principal home secretary and IG (prison).

“I have ordered a probe into the incident and ordered the suspension of the jail superintendent. An FIR will be also lodged against the officer,” the CM said.

The incident came to light when a video of the jail superintendent becoming intimate with the girl was uploaded in the social media two days ago.

This is the second time Pandey has been charged with misconduct. Last year, he had faced charges of forcing female inmates to have sex with him. In July 2015, a three-member team visited the jail and probed into the allegations against the official. A section of jail inmates alleged that the jailer used to force them to indulge in sex. Those who defied his diktats were confined to a room and subsequently beaten up.

The prisoners also complained about sub-standard food served to them. The jailer was also accused of making MMS of unnatural sex with some young inmates of the jail. He also used to force some inmates to massage him in his office. The video clips of the jailer’s acts were uploaded on social networking site. An investigating officer said: “In the video that had gone viral, the jailer was shown forcing the inmates to indulge in sex.”

According to reports, the jailer used to call some of the inmates to his office on daily basis and used to force them to have unnatural sex. However, Kripa Shankar Pandey denied all the allegations.

Pandey claimed that he treated the minor girl as his daughter. “There is a father-daughter relationship between us. There is nothing wrong in it,” he said, when asked for his comments over the video.

There are reports that Pandey holds big clout in the local administration and has managed to serve in the same prison for last many years. Last year he was promoted as jail superintendent from jailor despite facing charges of sexually exploiting some inmates.

A probe was also conducted into the allegations, but it was not known whether the prison department took any action against him or not.

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