Bail applications of Barwani’s sitting MLA Ramesh Patel and three others were rejected by a special court on Tuesday for the alleged gang rape of a hostel warden in a moving jeep in 2010.
They were sent to judicial custody till February 24. Supreme Court had directed Congress MLA Patel and his three aides to surrender before the Barwani court.
Special public prosecutor, Hemendra Kumrawat said Judge Akhilesh Joshi accepted the public prosecutor’s plea that being influential the accused can affect the evidences if court grants them bail.
In 2010, a woman warden of government girls’ hostel in Menimata village had lodged an FIR in Silavad police station against Ramesh Patel (then Barwani zilla parishad president), two government servants, Gangaram and Rai Singh and one other Congress man. She stated that they abducted her on the night of July 31, 2010 from the hostel and gang raped her in the moving jeep.
Police arrested Patel and others involved in the incident. Later, Patel was removed from the post of zilla parishad president as he was sent to judicial custody for a long period. They were acquitted by the court on February 28, 2011 as the victim took u-turn and turned hostile before the court.
Later, she changed her statement again and filed a petition before Indore High Court. She pleaded that the accused had put pressure on her to deliver a favouring statement in Barwani court.
High court accepted her appeal and simultaneously government challenged the lower court’s (special court Barwani) decision of acquittal. High Court directed the Barwani special court to start a trial and to take fresh statement of the victim.
Accused were directed to appear before the Barwani court on November 16, 2015 but they failed to appear and applied for anticipatory bail, which was rejected from both High Court and Supreme Court.