Taking up the anticipatory bail plea of one of the accused booked for the sexual exploitation of a girl (now deceased) at Tikri border in Bahadurgarh during her stay to participate in the ongoing farmers’ agitation, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday asked the Haryana government to produce the investigation status report.
The HC sought the report after hearing a plea filed Anoop Chanaut seeking stay on his arrest. Anoop is wanted by police in this case.
Police have even announced cash reward for information leading to his arrest. The state has been asked to submit the status report of the investigation by July 23.
Claiming innocence in the case, Anoop has claimed that it was a case of molestation but “serious charges of rape have been slapped against innocent persons by investigating agency to oblige their political bosses”.
According to him, even in the video, which was prepared by another girl, the victim can be seen mentioning only one incident that happened in the train, when another accused Anil Malik forcibly kissed her in the train.
“Except this nothing has been stated against anyone in the said videographed statement and thereafter she was shifted to other tents with girls and matter was brought to the notice of organisers of the farmer protest. If we go through the entire FIR, no offence of rape is made out against any one and the pointed allegations are only against Anil Malik and that too if taken on the face value, attracts only the offence under Section 354 (molestation) under IPC,” Chanaut has claimed in his plea.
He has approached the HC after a local court in Jhajjar district of Haryana had rejected his anticipatory bail on July 2.
The FIR in this case, which includes the charges of gang rape, was registered on May 9 at Bahadurgarh city police station in Jhajjar district in Haryana.
The complaint in this regard was given by the deceased girl’s father. As of now police have arrested key accused, Malik but two other accused Ankur Sangwan and Chanaut are still at large.
Recently police have also announced rewards for those providing information about both of them. According to police, during interrogation, Malik has admitted that the girl was sexually exploited by him along with Anoop Chanaut.