SHILLONG : Meghalaya High Court grants bail to BJP leader Bernard N Marak in relation to alleged case of rape of a three-year-old girl at his farmhouse in the West Garo Hills district. The bail order was passed on Monday 15th November, as a result of Justice W Diengdoh's observation on the case.
According to Deingdoh there was no proper evidence against Marak to the alleged sexual assault of the child. The justice also stated that Marak was arrested on 'very filmsy grounds'. The BJP leader was directed not to leave the state or the country, and was asked report to the investigation team whenever needed.
Marak's brother, Tingku N Marak has filed a bail petition on which the court stated that, the BJP leader was not found with the girl during the raid at his farmhouse, and just because he owns the place that does not point to the fact that he is the main offender. On the grounds of ones liberty, the bail petition was accepted.
The elected member of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council and the BJP Vice President, Bernard N Marak was earlier granted bail in relation with running a 'sex racket' in his farmhouse. Police also seized arms and ammunition from the farmhouse premises. 25 minors were rescued from the place and 73 people were arrested. Marak tried to escape after the busting of the sex racket but the police arrested him from Hapur district Uttar Pradesh on the 26th of July. The three-year-old girl was among the rescued minors in the farmhouse.
Marak's name came up when the girl was sent for medical examination. The doctors confirmed that the girl was sexually harassed. For the last three months, Marak was in prison, but on hearing a bail petition from his wife L K Gracy, Marak was granted bail on 1st of October 2022.