Patna High Court raps CBI in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case

Patna, Aug 29: The Patna High Court on Wednesday again rapped the Central Bureau of Investigation for giving an unsatisfactory explanation over the transfer of a CBI officer probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

The court has also asked the probe agency to form a special investigation team (SIT) for the case.

A division bench of Chief Justice M.R. Shah, while hearing the case, has directed the CBI Director to monitor the issue.

While hearing the matter, the court also directed the agency to speed up the investigation in the case.

“The court has pulled up the CBI again over its unsatisfactory reply on the transfer of CBI Superintendent of Police J.P. Mishra probing the case,” a government lawyer told media.

Besides this, the court also asked the Bihar government to submit details of all shelter homes run by the NGOs in the next hearing of the case which is scheduled to be held on September 17.

Last week also, the Patna High Court expressed unhappiness over the failure of CBI to submit an action taken report (ATR) in the court.

The court took serious note of the transfer of CBI officer J.P. Mishra on August 22.

Mishra, who was transferred to Patna barely two months ago, was shunted as the Superintendent in the office of the Deputy Inspector General (Patna Range).

The Patna High Court is monitoring the CBI probe into the case.

Among those arrested and jailed for the multiple rapes is journalist Brajesh Thakur. Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma had to resign after it became known that her husband was in close touch with Thakur.

Last month, 34 minor girls were allegedly sexually assaulted in the Balika Grih, a short-stay girls’ shelter home run by an NGO in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.


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