Immoral Trafficking Act; Magistrate booked


Immoral Trafficking Act; Magistrate booked

Manish Sirhindi; Tribune News Service

Samalkha, August 27

A metropolitan magistrate, who was allegedly enjoying the hospitality of a call girl (alleged to be a minor) in a small rented room here last night, was rounded up by the police after neighbours informed it about the suspicious activities going on there.

After receiving a call from residents of the Punjabi Colony, the police raided the room that had been rented by Subhash Duhan and caught three persons and a girl there.

All accused were taken to the local police station. These included the metropolitan magistrate, a resident of Delhi; Subhash Duhan, son of Jeet Ram and resident of Sonepat; and Shamsher Singh, son of Surat Singh and resident of Bhiwani.

The police also rounded up the girl, who was alleged to be a minor and belonged to West Bengal.

It is learnt that the metropolitan magistrate was posted at the Tis Hazari Court complex in Delhi. He had come here in his Santro car that even had a name-plate highlighting his designation.

The Samalkha police registered an FIR against all accused, including the magistrate.

However, keeping in view the privileges enjoyed by a magistrate, he was not placed under arrest by the police. Samalkha DSP Wazir Singh Sheoran said the police had sought permission from the Delhi High Court to proceed against the magistrate.

He, however, refused to reveal whether the magistrate was being kept in police custody or had been let off.

Meanwhile, rumours were doing the rounds that the girl, along with whom the three persons had been rounded up, had been brought here by paying her Rs 20,000 a week and that she was a minor.

The police later took the girl along with the accused for medical examination to the Civil Hospital at the district headquarters to confirm whether she was a minor.

The report is yet to be received. She was at present putting up at Noida.

According to information gathered by The Tribune, the metropolitan magistrate was a friend of Subhash Duhan, who runs an NGO by the name of Lok Kalayan Foundation. Shamsher was said to a distant relative of Subhash. The NGO of Subhash runs computer centres and sewing training centres in the region.

The case against the accused was registered under Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Immoral Trafficking Act of 1956.

Later, Subhash, Shamsher and the girl were produced before a local court, which sent them to 14-day judicial custody.


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