Maid murder case: Court seeks response from Tihar authorities

Tihar Jail authorities were on Tuesday directed by a Delhi court to explain why medical records of former BSP MP Dhananjay Singh's wife Jagriti, accused along with her husband in the case relating to the murder of their maid, were not placed before it despite a specific direction.

PTI| Updated: Oct 14, 2014, 18:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Tihar Jail authorities were on Tuesday directed by a Delhi court to explain why medical records of former BSP MP Dhananjay Singh's wife Jagriti, accused along with her husband in the case relating to the murder of their maid, were not placed before it despite a specific direction.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Lokesh Kumar Sharma asked the Superintendent of Tihar Jail, where Jagriti is lodged under judicial custody, to file a response on October 17 regarding non-compliance of its earlier order directing the authorities to file her medical records today.

The issue came up when the hearing on a plea filed by Jagriti seeking interim bail on health grounds commenced before the court.

Jagriti, in her plea seeking interim bail, has said that she has been suffering from gall bladder stone and needed to undergo a surgery for her ailment due to her deteriorating medical condition.

The court had on October 9 directed the jail authorities to place before it all the medical records of Jagriti after it was informed that she was scheduled to be taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for a check-up.

The police had chargesheeted Jagriti for various offences punishable under the IPC, including sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 344 (illegal confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 201 (destruction of evidence).

Dhananjay was chargesheeted for various offences under the IPC, including allegedly destroying the evidence and abetting the offence of murder and attempt to murder. Dhananjay is at present out on interim bail.

Both the accused were arrested on November 5 last year in connection with the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.