HC issues notice to CBI in Bihar shelter home sex scandal case
Medical examinations of 34 of the 42 inmates of the shelter home confirmed they were sexually exploited.
The Patna High Court today issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation, seeking details of its investigation into the case of sexual abuse of girls at a state-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur city in Bihar.
Advocate General Lalit Kishore, who appeared for Bihar government, submitted that the high court should monitor the CBI investigation. He also sought the HC's direction for speedy trial of the people accused in the case.
Kishore 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 central investigation agency has taken over the probe and is investigating the same, the AG told the court.
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, was arrested on June 3.
Police submitted the charge sheet against the 10 accused on July 26 before Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Muzaffarpur.
The government on July 26 recommended a CBI inquiry into the matter.
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