The state will probe why externment of the main accused in the Pune gang rape case, Subhash Bhosale, was cancelled.
Home Minister R.R. Patil said those responsible for the cancellation will be punished. Patil said this in the legislative Assembly on Monday when the Opposition raised the issue.
Bhosale and two others are in police custody for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman at Hinjewadi on April 1 after she accepted a lift from them thinking the car they were in was a shared taxi.
The Pune police had externed Bhosale, who had ten cases against him, for four months in July 2009. Bhosale appealed to the Home Department, which set the externment aside.
Patil said he would ask Law and Judiciary Department and Advocate General to review the decision and find out if it was illegal. He said the decision to cancel externment was taken by the then Home Secretary. “It was a quasi judicial decision,” Patil said.
Patil said Bhosale had applied for cancellation for three days because his son had to undergo surgery. He was granted the permission. His externment was cancelled after two months.
The Opposition accused the then ministers of facilitating cancellation and demanded to know the name of the ministers responsible.
Patil also assured that Pune’s Wakad area, where the victim was kidnapped from, will get a police station. Pune MLA, Girish Bapat, had moved an adjournment motion alleging that the crime rate in Pune had risen due to rapid industrialisation.