New Delhi, Oct 13: Nine rapes had taken place in Murthal during the Jat quota agitation in February 2016, senior advocate and amicus curiae Anupam Gupta told the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday. Gupta, informed the HC that Haryana Additional Chief Secretary and IAS officer Vijai Vardhan, who was a member of the Parkash Singh Committee (That was constituted  to investigate the Jat protests) had told him about the nine rapes.

However, contrary to Gupta’s statement, Vijay Vardhan denied having any such communication with the senior advocate. On the other hand, the senior advocate said that his claims can be verified from the call record details as their conversation took place on mobile phone.

Anupam Gupta, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae (who assists a court by offering information)  told the division bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal that Vardhan was denying the rapes as he lacked the “biological element called spine in his biological structure” and was  reprimanded by the CM for sharing the information. The senior lawyer also asserted that the IAS officer was told about the rapes by the then Haryana Police chief KP Singh. (Jat violence: ‘Mass rape’ committed in Murthal, says Prakash Singh committee report; victims ran into dhabas without clothes)

The senior advocate also pulled up the owner of Murthal-based Sukhdev dhaba, who had told the media about the rapes but denied it before the Special Investigation Team (SIT). Gupta said, “If the Murthal case is handed over to CBI, the owner of Sukhdev Dhaba (who had spoken to media after the incident) will speak like a canon.”

The Punjab and Haryana High Court however, refrained from making any observation and adjourned the matter till November 6.