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Rape victim’s suicide: HC grants bail to former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur

Mar 14, 2022 08:17 PM IST

Thakur was arrested on August 27, 2021, after a rape victim committed suicide, accusing him of allegedly protecting the accused, BSP MP Atul Rai

LUCKNOW The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Monday granted bail to former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur in the suicide case of a rape victim. Thakur was arrested on August 27, 2021, after a rape victim committed suicide, accusing him of allegedly protecting the accused, BSP MP Atul Rai.

“The applicant will not try to influence the witnesses or tamper with the evidence of the case or otherwise misuse the liberty of bail,” said the court. (File Photo)
“The applicant will not try to influence the witnesses or tamper with the evidence of the case or otherwise misuse the liberty of bail,” said the court. (File Photo)

The Lucknow police had lodged an FIR at the Hazratganj police station.

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A single-judge bench of Justice Rajeev Singh said: “Let applicant Amitabh Thakur be released on bail in FIR no. 309 of 2021, under Sections 120-B, 167, 195-A, 218, 306, 504, 506 of the IPC, police station Hazratganj, district Lucknow, on his furnishing personal bond of 20,000 and two reliable sureties each of the like amount.”

The court also imposed certain conditions on Thakur.

“The applicant will not try to influence the witnesses or tamper with the evidence of the case or otherwise misuse the liberty of bail,” said the court.

“The applicant will fully cooperate in expeditious disposal of the case and shall not seek any adjournment on the dates fixed for evidence when witnesses are present in the court,” added the court.

“The applicant shall remain present, in person, before the trial court on the dates fixed for (a) opening of the case, (b) framing of charge; and (c) recording of statement under Section 313 CrPC,” ordered the court.

Any violation of the above conditions will be treated misuse of bail and learned court will be at liberty to pass appropriate order in the matter regarding cancellation of bail, said the court.

“The court has granted bail to Amitabh Thakur. The hearing was completed earlier and the court delivered the judgment today (Monday),” said advocate Nadeem Murtaza, who appeared on behalf of Thakur.

THE CASE

The victim had lodged an FIR at the Lanka police station, Varanasi, against the accused, BSP MP Atul Rai. Later, several cases were lodged against the rape victim in retaliation.

The victim had also sent an application to SSP (Varanasi), alleging that Amitabh Thakur was creating false evidence in the case to save Atul Rai.

The victim and her male friend had conducted a facebook live session before the Supreme Court, New Delhi, on August 16, 2021. In this session, she had accused Thakur and others of helping Atul Rai.

Thereafter, both of them immolated themselves. They were rushed to Delhi’s RML Hospital. The male friend died on August 21 and the rape victim succumbed to burn injuries on August 24. The facebook live session was considered as the victim’s dying declaration.

Amitabh Thakur was given compulsory retirement by the union Home Ministry on March 23, 2021.

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