New Delhi, March 15: The Supreme Court Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna on Friday refused to entertain a petition moved by a woman from Arunachal Pradesh alleging rape against Chief Minister of the State, Pema Khandu.
The Court, however, refused to entertain the plea stating that it cannot interfere in an incident that happened in 2008 though it maintained in its order that the petitioner is at liberty to approach the jurisdictional High Court seeking redressal of her grievances.
Pertinently, the woman knocked the doors of the Supreme Court when the police and the Chief Judicial Magistrate refused to entertain her pleas to register a criminal complaint against the offenders.
It was contended in her petition that at the age of 15 while working in a Public Call Office in Arunachal Pradesh, a man allegedly lured her into a meeting under the guise of helping her to get a government job. It was added that Pema Khandu introduced himself as an Army colonel during the meeting. Besides, there were two other persons, a Government school teacher and an Assistant Mineral Development Officer at Ziro.
The perpetrators allegedly spiked her soft drink and in the state of unconsciousness Khandu and other men professedly raped her.
Later on in 2012, after seeing some pics in the newspaper, she identified Pema Khandu as the (then) Tourism Minister for Arunachal Pradesh.
In 2015, the woman, who was unaware of their real identities at the time of the incident, went to the police but her complaint was not registered.