Biswas rape case: Politicians were protected, claims convict

New Delhi, Sept 11: Mritunjay alias Babloo Yadav, convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the Champa Biswas rape case, has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking retrial of the case outside Bihar alleging he was made a scapegoat to protect influential politicians of the RJD.

New Delhi, Sept 11: Mritunjay alias Babloo Yadav, convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the Champa Biswas rape case, has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking retrial of the case outside Bihar alleging he was made a scapegoat to protect influential politicians of the RJD.
Contending that the state machinery has conducted the investigation in a manner to help the politicians resulting in "miscarriage of justice", Babloo has sought a probe by CBI into the state's action and abuse of official position.

The accused, who has appealed against the trial court judgement in the Patna High Court, contended that he was not allowed free and fair trial for extraneous reasons and political influence.

"The prosecution has suppressed the material facts and documents. Babloo has been made a victim...For political gains," the petition said.

Claiming that Biswas was won over with money in the garb of compensation of Rs seven lakh, the petitioner said that in the complaint she has alleged that she was raped by Babloo and some ministers for a long period but that did not form part of the FIR.

"It is thus crystal clear that the very case and basis of investigation by state was malafide, tainted," it said adding he was made a scapegoat by using the complaint of Biswas.

Babloo submitted that though Biswas had categorically said that the statement on which prosecution proceeded in the case was not her's, the trial was "manipulated and biased".

Maintaining that during the trial there was always threat to his life which is continuing even now, he claimed that no opportunity was given to him to meet his lawyer and later his counsel was also won over by the prosecution and for more than one-and-half year he was not allowed to go into the courtroom though his presence was recorded.

Further, important witnesses were not produced before the court, Babloo said in the petition adding that no attempt was made to verify the statement of Biswas.

The petitioner alleged that the judge who convicted him and his mother Hemlata Yadav, a former RJD MLA, was rewarded with promotion.

Champa biswas rape case had hogged the limelight in 1998 when she had approached the NHRC seeking CBI inquiry and protection to her family and her husband B B Biswas, who was an IAS officer in Bihar cadre.

She had alleged that she was continuously raped with coercion, intimidation, inducement through government jobs from the year 1995 to 1997.

Babloo and his mother were convicted in February 2002 in the case.

Bureau Report

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