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Why were girls sent to Deoria shleter home if it was blacklisted, court asks UP govt

The Allahabad high court said it would monitor the probe into the Deoria shelter home sex scandal.

lucknow Updated: Aug 08, 2018 17:42 IST
Jitendra Sarin
Jitendra Sarin
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
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The alleged sex ring run by the managers of a shelter home in UP and Bihar has sent shockwaves across the country.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The Allahabad high court on Wednesday pulled up the UP government over the Deoria shelter home sex scandal and asked why police sent girls to the home even after it was blacklisted.

The bench of chief justice D B Bhosale and justice Yashwant Varma, which said that it would monitor the investigation into the case, made the remark when the state’s counsel, Neeraj Tripathi told it that action had been taken against the shelter home, including blacklisting and stopping of funds a year ago.

“What is the use of such steps if police officers kept on sending girls to the same shelter home which was blacklisted long back? What action was taken against such police officers by the state government?”

“It seems that the owners had the patronage of some politician or VIP. The girls were being shifted to the shelter home and no action was taken against the managers though several complaints in this regard were received by the district administration from time to time,” the court said.

When the state government informed the court that it had sent a letter to the home ministry recommending a CBI probe into the case, the court said it would monitor investigation to ensure that it goes in the right direction.

Fixing August 13 as the next date of hearing, the court directed CBI counsel Gyan Prakash and additional advocate general (AAG) Neeraj Tripathi to ensure that a copy of the statements of all the inmates of the shelter home was placed before it.

The court asked the counsels to apprise it if CCTVs were installed in or around the shelter home and who owned the cars in which minor girls were taken in the night as mentioned in media reports.

AAG Tripathi also informed the court that the district magistrate of Deoria was immediately transferred to ensure fair investigation.

On Sunday night, police raided the shelter home, Maa Vindhyavasini Mahila and Balika Sanrakshan Grih, after a 10-year-old girl escaped from the home and informed the police about alleged flesh trade being forced on the inmates.

Police rescued 24 women and found 18 others missing and also arrested the shelter home manager Girija Tripathi, her husband Mohan Tripathi and their daughters Kanchan Lata Tripathi and Kanak Lata Tripathi.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 17:42 IST