Mumbai: Raj alias Hari Shankar Shukla (35), a Thane central jail inmate, ended his 44-day hunger fast on Monday since he has been assured that justice will be done and a DNA test will be conducted on him.
In September, Shukla had written a letter to the PM, President, Maharashtra CM and the Director General (Prisons), Maharashtra, alleging that he was falsely implicated in a rape case. Hari, a school teacher, was arrested in December 2016 on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl from Navi Mumbai’s Mahatma Gandhi Mission high school
Speaking to the Free Press Journal, his wife, Anjali Shukla (35) said, “The matter is presently subjudice. My husband has ended his indefinite hunger strike. The jail authorities and the judiciary have assured us that a DNA test will be conducted again. Despite, an order two weeks ago by the court to conduct the test again, the jail authorities had delayed it.” The samples of the DNA will be sent to a forensic laboratory at Hyderabad.
An earlier DNA report clearly states that Shukla is excluded as the father of the victim’s baby. As per the medical reports available with FPJ, Shukla is not the father of the said foetus. In her RTI reply, Anjali had questioned why the police had filed a release of the accused when evidence was deficient (Section 169) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) report before the concerned trial court in the favour of the applicant. The RTI also questioned why the investigating officer hadn’t probed who the child’s biological father was. The RTI further questioned why the concerned authorities were hiding the fact in the chargesheet.
Anjali has filed an inquiry under the Right to Information (RTI) Act to seek justice for her husband. She had also asked who was pressurising the investigating officer to not probe the matter? It further questioned why the investigating officer had not conducted any inquiry into the victim’s cousin brother whose name had been taken by the victim’s mother and the victim herself during sonography? Despite repeated calls and text messages, Thane jail Superintendent, Nitin Waychal remained unavailable for comment.