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HC removes magistrate accused of molesting rape survivor in his chamber

AGARTALA: Tripura high court has taken action against Bishwatosh Dhar, first-class judicial magistrate of Kamalpur in Dhalai district, following allegations of molesting a rape survivor in his chambers last week.

State law department officials confirmed Wednesday that HC has “closed” magistrate Dhar and instructed him not to leave station without permission.

In legal terms, “closing” refers to placing an official in a different location without any assignment. In this case, Dhar has been attached to HC.

The accusation stems from a 23-year-old rape survivor who reported that Dhar touched her inappropriately when she visited his chambers to record her statement under Section 164 of CrPC.

She alleged that the molestation happened after she was raped by a 26-year-old man in her home on Feb 13.

The women had recounted to police that Dhar warned her that the case would go against her if she did not comply. She managed to escape from the chambers within a few minutes without making any statement.

Her husband lodged a complaint with Kamalpur Bar Association’s secretary, alleging that Dhar molested his wife and justified his actions by claiming that judges have to behave in such a manner while recording statements in rape cases.

“Hearing this, she started to cry. The judge told her to leave and sit outside. If a judge has such character, how will people get justice?” he asked.

Kamalpur police station registered a case on Feb 16 based on the allegations. The woman also submitted an affidavit detailing her ordeal to the additional district and sessions judge.

Registrar (vigilance) JM Murasingh visited Kamalpur court Tuesday and interacted with staff, advocates, and judicial officers regarding the case, according to reports.

A three-member team of judges, led by Dhalai district and sessions judge Goutam Sarkar, has initiated an inquiry. They also interacted with fellow judicial officers, lawyers, and court employees to gather information and assess the behaviour and conduct of Dhar.