Published On: Tue, Mar 1st, 2011

JP University VC to face trial on molestation charges

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In the Bihar’s JP University VC molestation case the Gaya chief judicial magistrate (CJM) RNS Pande has taken a cognizance of the case. The cognizance came after the police has filed a chargesheet against JP University, Chhapra, officiating VC Dinesh Prasad Sinha. The officiating VC has been charged with molesting folk singer Devi at a private function at a Bodh Gaya resort in Varanasi.

The cognizance against Sinha has been taken under Sections 341, 342, 354, 323, 504, 506 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code. After taking cognizance, the CJM transferred the case to the court of first class judicial magistrate Prabal Dutta.

According to court sources, formal framing of the charge is the next step in Sinha’s trial. The trial will now take place in the court of Prabal Dutta. During the course of trial, Sinha will have to stand in the dock. Gaya SSP Vinay Kumar has already made it clear that police have got vital evidence to seek Sinha’s conviction in the court and a request for speedy trial has been made in the court.

Section 354 of the IPC, dealing with the use of force against women with the intention of outraging her modesty, is punishable with two years’ imprisonment and the nature of the offence is such that the complainant and the accused cannot even make compromise in the case. So, the trial of Sinha now becomes inevitable.

[Source: Times of India]