Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case:Patna HC gives two weeks time to CBI


Patna, Aug 6 :The Patna High Court on Monday has given 2 weeks time to the Central Bureau of Investigation to submit a report on Muzaffarpur shelter home case sex scandal case.

The Patna High Court  decided to monitor the investigation into the rape of 34 minor girls in a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad directed the CBI to submit the details and posted the matter for hearing after two weeks.The court has asked Bihar governmnet to provide details on rehabilitation of the inmates of shelter home.

The court has also ordered a speedy trial of the case.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by three individuals – Santosh Kumar, Navneet Kumar and Saleem Madavoor – in connection with the shelter home case.

Advocate General Lalit Kishore, who appeared for Bihar government told the court that the state government has taken departmental action against more than a dozen officials of the Social Welfare Department, who have been put under suspension for alleged negligence and dereliction of duty.

The AG said the state police was investigating the matter in a right and earnest way but the Bihar government on its own recommended the Centre for a CBI investigation in the case.

The issue of sexual exploitation was first highlighted in a social audit report submitted by Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, to the state’s Social Welfare Department in April.

An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 persons, including Brajesh Thakur, the owner of the NGO ‘Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti’ which ran the shelter home for destitute girls funded by the government.Ten out of the 11 accused, including Thakur, were arrested on June 3.

Police submitted the chargesheet against the 10 accused on July 26 before Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Muzaffarpur.

The shelter home was sealed after the sexual abuse of girl inmates came to light during a social audit by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The report was submitted to the state Social Welfare Department, which directed officials to lodge a complaint.

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