Congress MP Mahabal Mishra and his family members have been notified by a fast-track court in Delhi for their alleged role in the kidnapping and rape of a minor girl.
The case relates to an incident in November, 2006 when Pradeep Sehrawat, prime accused in the case, had allegedly kidnapped the 16-year-old when she was on her way to tuition in a West Delhi locality and was confined at Mishra’s office in West Delhi.
Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat issued a notice to Mishra, his wife Urmila Mishra, daughter Kiran and brother Hira Mishra in the case and fixed the matter for further hearing on February 8. The judge has asked them to appear before it after going through the case in which they have been accused of wrongfully confining the girl.
A magisterial court in 2008 and a session court in 2010 had declined to summon Mishra in the case on the ground of lack of evidence and legal provisions. The Delhi High Court in 2012, however, set aside the trial court’s order and directed it to consider the case afresh after the girl’s father moved the High Court seeking initiation of prosecution of Mishra and his family members, and also one Kanshi Ram, for their alleged involvement in the case. The High Court had set aside the orders of the sessions and the magisterial courts saying they were “not based on proper appreciation of the material available on record.”
The father-daughter duo had alleged she was confined at Mishra’s office at Mahavir Enclave in West Delhi and his brother’s house for some days after being kidnapped and that his family members told her to marry the prime accused Pradeep Sehrawat who faces the rape charge. The police had already charge sheeted Sehrawat and his four other accomplices – Devender, Sunil, Surendra and Satinder in the case. In a supplementary chargesheet filed later, the police had also mentioned the names of Mishra and his family members in its column 2 meant for the suspects but having no evidence against them.
(With inputs from PTI)