It’s shameful, is this seriousness? SC slams Bihar govt on ‘shoddy’ probe in Muzaffarpur shelter home case

Muzaffarpur: The Supreme Court slammed the Bihar government for shoddy probe in Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case and questioned their seriousness.

The apex court slammed the state government over its failure to file correct FIR and gave 24 hours to them to add charges under section 377 (rape) IPC and POCSO Act in the FIR.

“What are you (Bihar govt) doing? It’s shameful. If the child is sodomised you say it’s nothing? How can you do this? It’s inhuman. We were told that matter will be looked with great seriousness, this is seriousness? Every time I read this file it’s tragic,” the court said.

The court also asked the counsel appearing for the CBI lawyer to take instruction if CBI can investigate the cases relating to sexual assault in nine out of 17 shelter homes in Bihar named in the TISS report.

Media reports have alleged that inmates of the shelter home were administered injections laced with sedatives by Ashwani, with Madhu’s help, before they were sexually abused.

The scandal had come to light in a report of social audit conducted by the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Thakur and a number of his employees were arrested in June by the police and the probe was handed over to the CBI in July.

Two suspended officials of the social welfare department, Ravi Raushan and Rosy Rani, are also in jail in connection with the case. Both are lodged at the Beur Central Jail in Patna.

On Monday, the court extended the CBI remand of two key aides of Brajesh Thakur, prime accused in the shelter home sex scandal, by another four days.

Thakur, who was initially shifted to Bhagalpur in view of the fact that he was a ‘renowned citizen’ and his presence in Muzaffarpur could come in the way of a fair probe, is at present lodged in a jail in Patiala following an order to the effect passed by the Supreme Court.