New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered immediate medical examination of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case accused Brajesh Thakur. The order came in the view of Thakur’s plea in which he alleged torture by Superintendent of Patiala Jail in Punjab for extorting money.

Thakur was shifted to Patiala high-security jail in Punjab from Bihar’s Bhagalpur jail following the apex court’s October 30 order. The order was  passed after the CBI had said he was an influential person and was found in possession of mobile phone inside the Bhagalpur jail.

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The issue was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to Bihar’s social welfare department. An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 people, including Thakur, who was running the shelter home. Later, the probe was taken over by the CBI and so far 17 people have been arrested in the case.

On Thursday, the matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur and comprising of comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta by senior advocate Vikas Singh.

“In this letter, it is alleged that Brajesh Kumar Thakur is being tortured physically and mentally in the said jail (at Patiala),” the bench noted in its order.

“Keeping in view the allegations made in the letter, we direct the superintendent of the central jail, Patiala, to produce Brajesh Kumar Thakur before the medical superintendent, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala at 4 PM today,” the bench said, as reported by PTI.

It also directed that the chief judicial magistrate or any other judicial magistrate authorised by him should be present in hospital at 4 PM and the medical superintendent would constitute a medical board to examine Thakur.

The bench said that report of the medical board be placed before it by December 10, the next date of hearing.