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One-man panel to probe Apr 11 rape
Published on 29 Apr. 2009 1:26 AM IST
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A one-man inquiry committee, headed by state commissioner, HK Khulu was constituted by the state government to probe into the circumstances leading to bail out of all five accused involved in April 11 rape incident in Zunheboto which has evoked widespread outrage and condemnation. A home department notification Tuesday said the panel would probe the circumstances leading to the release of four of the five accused by additional district session judge, Zunheboto on April 18, in spite strong opposition by the police and strong evidence gathered against all the accused by the prosecution. The committee would also inquire into the circumstances leading to bail of the main accused Tito, son of Asheto Kibami of Ghukiye village on April 25, immediately after the submission of charge sheet by the police, the official notification said . It asserted that all were released despite the discussion held at DC’ office Zunheboto on April 22, where a consensus decision was made against immediate bail to the accused and also in view of fact that April 25 was a government holiday and all courts were supposed to remain closed that day. The panel is also to find out whether there was any extra constitutional or extra legal pressure mounted on additional district and session judge Zunheboto to release the accused on bail, and if so from whom and from where the threat had come and who had conveyed such threat and in what manner. Further, the notification reiterated that all five accused were arrested by police on April 17 and forwarded to judicial custody and that on the next day, four of five accused were released on bail by additional district and session judge Zunheboto. It pointed out that in view of the strong reaction from the NGOs and public leaders against bail to the four accused , DC Zunheboto had convened an emergency meeting of all the administrative officers stationed at Zunheboto including SP Zunheboto, additional district and session judge, APP and judicial magistrate Zunheboto Apil 22 to review over all situation created by rape incident and subsequent release of four of the five accused. In the meeting, notification said, the general opinion was that the main accused who was still in judicial custody should not be released on bail, in spite of the alleged threat on additional district and session judge, who was tying the case. On April 24, SP Zunheboto submitted charge sheet against the five accused to additional district and session judge but soon after receiving the charge sheet, the additional district and session judge again released the main accused on bail the same day at around 5:45 p.m., the notification added.

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