When a joint team of Muzaffarpur police and district administrative reached Shaheed Khudiram Bose Central Jail in Muzaffarpur for a surprise check on Saturday, they found Brajesh Thakur strolling in the visitors’ area. Among other things, the cops seized two pages from him. The pages had mobile phone numbers of 40 influential persons, including a minister in government of Bihar.
Some of these people are said to be in constant touch with Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the shelter home sexual exploitation case. Thakur is proprietor of NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti which ran a shelter home in Muzaffarpur where 34 destitute girls were raped for months.
Though Thakur has been in judicial custody since the first week of June, his clout seems to be working even behind bars. Arrested on June 3, he was rather conveniently moved to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, and taken back to jail only on June 27. Even in jail, Brajesh is said to be spending more time in the comfort of the jail hospital, than in the prison ward assigned to him.
Known as an ace fixer whose proximity has already cost Bihar former social welfare minister Manju Verma her job, Brajesh long rope may well be over now. The CBI may soon approach the court to seek his remand to interrogate him in the rape and torture of 34 girls at the government-funded Balika Grih in Muzaffarpur. Brajesh’s NGO used to receive Rs 1 crore annually from the social welfare department alone.
The Central investigating agency has already procured details of Thakur’s medical condition. The agency is cautious as Brajesh has cited multiple medical issues including high blood pressure, blood sugar, hypertension, and slip disc, to prolong his stay in the jail hospital.
A medical board of three doctors has been set up to examine Brajesh’s medical condition. Brajesh had undergone an MRI test at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital last month. The special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) has also asked officials to ensure that Brajesh receives required medical treatment.
According to sources, the CBI has also tracked investments of Brajesh and his family members to the tune of Rs 50 crore. The Muzaffarpur administration has already frozen 14 bank accounts of Brajesh’s NGO. Brajesh is said to have bought property in Delhi and Patna too.
Muzaffarpur administration has also ordered banning the sale and purchase of property belonging to Brajesh and family. The administration’s move, however, has come after Brajesh’s son Rahul Anand sold a plot in Muzaffarpur town last week.
Brajesh’s son clearly outwitted district authorities as he succeeded in selling the plot more than a month after an FIR was lodged against Brajesh’s NGO on May 31.
Rahul is also believed to have under-quoted the property price. He sold the 11 cottah plot to 10 different persons for Rs 27.97 lakh, though according to the prevalent market rate, the plot is said to be worth nearly Rs 2 crore.
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