Rape Accused, his Father and Retired IAS Officer brought to Patna; Sent to Jail

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Patna: The father-son fugitives from Bihar running from the law after cases of rape and other crimes were lodged against the son last December were brought to Patna on Friday following their dramatic arrest from Paudhi Garhwal area near Laxman Jhoola in Uttarakhand last Tuesday.

Automobile showroom owner Nikhil Priyadarshi and his retired IAS father Krishna Bihari Prasad Sinha, shortly after their arrival in Patna on Friday, were presented before a Scheduled Caste special court where special judge Akhilanand Dubey, after completing the legal formalities, sent them to Beur Jail under judicial custody.

A blindfolded Nikhil Priyadarshi brought to a Patna Court on Friday.A blindfolded Nikhil Priyadarshi brought to a Patna Court on Friday.Nikhil Priyadarshi is accused of raping, sexually and physically assaulting the minor daughter of a former Congress leader. After the victim filed charges against him in Patna on December 22, 2016, Nikhil went underground. However, by some quirk of fate, he was caught last Tuesday in Uttarkhand where he had been hiding at his retired father's house.

The father has been charged with providing shelter to a person running from the law.

Patna police has filed a request with the court to take Priyadarshi in a 3-day police custody for interrogation.

Earlier, police had arrested Priyadarshi's brother Manish and three other acquaintances of the family Prakash Raj, Gaurav Kumar and Prem Pandey.

As reported, a case of rape and other crimes was lodged with the Buddha Colony police station in Patna against Nikhil Priyadarshi, Congress leader Brajesh Pandey, Manish Priyadarshi, and Sanjit Sharma. However, Nikhil Priyadarshi managed to give the police a slip and went underground for the next three months until his luck ran out last Tuesday.

Reports said the victim had met with Nikhil on Facebook. What started as a simple friendship soon took dark turn as Nikhil allegedly started to abuse her sexually and also allowed his friends to abuse her sexually. When she objected to his or his friends' behavior, she was brutally beaten and threatened with blackmail if she tried to go to the police.

According to the lawyer of the retired IAS officer, the vehicle carrying them from Uttarakhand to Bihar met with an accident near Ara causing serious injury to the 72-year old former bureaucrat.

"He already has heart problems and with this injury, his condition is expected to get worse. Hence, I request the court to transfer him to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) so he could get proper medical treatment," the lawyer said.

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