Case against Mahabal Mishra to be examined afresh
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 20:28
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked a trial court here to examine afresh a plea for prosecution of sitting Congress MP Mahabal Mishra and his family members for their alleged roles in a kidnapping-cum-rape case of 2006.

The High Court's order came on a plea by the father of an alleged rape victim, seeking prosecution of Mishra and his family members, alleging that his daughter was kidnapped and raped by one Pradeep Sehrawat, an acquaintance of the MP, and had been held captive by him at Mishra's office for some days.

Justice M L Mehta asked the trial court to consider afresh the plea of alleged victim's father, setting aside the 2008 order of a magisterial court and the 2010 order of a sessions court, which had dismissed his plea for want of evidence against Mishra and his family members.

"I am of the view that miscarriage of justice has resulted and that calls for invoking jurisdiction of this court under Section 482 CrPC," Justice Mehta said, while allowing the plea against Mishra and his family members.

The High Court 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 rape case dated back to 2006, with the police already having chargesheeted Sehrawat and his four other accomplices - Devender, Sunil, Surendra and Satinder.

In a supplementary chargesheet filed later, the police had also mentioned the names of Mishra and his various family members in its column 2, meant for the suspects but having no evidence against them.

According to the girl's father, his daughter had been confined at Mishra's office and his brother's house for some days after being kidnapped in 2006 and that his family members also sought to persuade her to marry the prime accused Pradeep Sehrawat.


First Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 20:28

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