Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: SC notice to Bihar Government, CBI

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New Delhi , Sep 11 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday  has issued notice to the Bihar government and the CBI and  sought a detailed reply from them on a plea challenging a Patna High Court order restraining the media from reporting on the investigation into Muzaffarpur shelter home case where several women were allegedly raped and sexually abused.

The petition was filed by a Patna-based journalist through advocate Fauzia Shakil challenging the Patna High Court order restraining the media from reporting about the investigation into Muzaffarpur shelter home case.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked Bihar government and the CBI, which is investigating the case to file their response to the petition and listed the matter for September 18.

The bench was informed that the Patna High Court had on August 29 passed an order appointing a lady advocate as an amicus in the case pending there and asked her to visit the place where the alleged victims are staying kept and interview them for the purpose of their rehabilitation.

The apex court stayed the appointment of the amicus.

The incident of alleged rape and sexual assault of women  in the NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur came  to light after a social audit was conducted by the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the chief of the state-funded NGO.

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