Bailed Rape Accused’s “Bhaiya Is Back” Posters Enrages Supreme Court


New Delhi: A bunch of posters and hoardings reading “Bhaiya is back”, welcoming the bail of a student leader accused in a rape case, hugely irked the Supreme Court on Monday.

The accused, Shubhang Gontia, is apparently a leader of ABVP, the student wing of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The woman from Madhya Pradesh had approached the top court challenging the bail, contending the accused had repeatedly raped her on a false promise of marriage and forced her to abort a child. The information about the posters was part of the woman’s petition against the bail.

“There’s a hoarding saying ‘Bhaiya is back’. What are you celebrating?” questioned Justice Hima Kohli, who was part of a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana.

“What is this ‘Bhaiya is Back’?” echoed the Chief Justice. “Ask your bhaiya to be careful this one week,” the Chief Justice of India then told the accused’s lawyer.

The court issued a notice to accused Shubhang Gontia, asking why his bail should not be cancelled. The court also sought response from the Madhya Pradesh government.

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