Supreme Court transfers trial of Muzaffarpur shelter home case to Delhi Court

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India, File Photo

New Delhi, Feb 7: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up Bihar government and transferred the trial of Muzaffarpur shelter home case to Delhi’s Saket POCSO Court from Patna.

Expressing anguish, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said “Enough is enough, give us details of 110 shelter homes in the state. How many inmates are there? How is the state giving assistance and what is the number of male and female inmates”.

Besides this, the Court has ordered the judge to commence the trial in 2 weeks and complete it within a period of 6 months.

A bench headed by CJI also slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Narendra Modi government for transferring a CBI officer probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home case despite the Court’s embargo against the transfer of investigating officials.

“Explain why the probing officer was transferred despite SC’s order not to transfer any officer”, CJI Gogoi asked the probe agency.

“Enough is enough. We will ask Bihar Chief Secretary to appear before us. Get someone here who is conversed to what is happening in the state. You can’t let your officers to treat unfortunate children like this. Spare the children” he said.

“Was cabinet committee which transferred him informed of Supreme Court embargo?,” questioned the CJI saying it amounts to violation of its order.

Several girls and inmates were allegedly found raped and sexually abused at the residential hostel run in Muzaffarpur.

The incident came into the light a social audit conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in May last year.


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