Muzaffarpur (Bihar), Nov 21 (PTI) Two close aides of Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in which the girl inmates of the home were sexually abused, were remanded in a five-day CBI custody by a court here Wednesday. Also Read - Many Healthworkers in Delhi & Bihar Unwilling to Take Bharat Biotech's Covaxin Due to Lack of Efficacy Data

The special court hearing cases filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act passed the order, declining the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) request for a seven-day custody of Madhu and Ashwani Kumar — who allegedly posed as a doctor — and posted the matter to November 26 for further hearing. Also Read - Fighting Rising Crime Rates: Pan, Tilt & Zoom CCTV Cameras to be Installed Soon in Patna

Madhu, who was grilled by the police Tuesday afternoon, was arrested Wednesday morning and made to undergo medical tests at the Sadar hospital, before being produced before the court, along with Ashwani, who was arrested the previous night. Also Read - Bihar DElEd Merit List 2020 Released by DIET Patna at dietpatna.com, Check and Download Bihar DElEd 2020 Merit List NOW

Madhu, who handled many businesses of Thakur, had told reporters Tuesday that she was not hiding but did not appear before the probe agency as she was never named as an accused nor was a warrant issued against her.

She had also claimed that she knew nothing about the goings on at the Balika Grih (shelter home for girls), was “privy to no secrets” and refuted the media reports that she used to liaison with influential people to promote Thakur’s NGOs, newspapers and other businesses.

Kumar, who was arrested from his in-laws place in Fatehpur village under the Kurhani police station in the district, did not have any medical background.

He learnt how to administer injections while sitting in the clinic of his father, a doctor, at Kurhani, about 30 km from Muzaffarpur town.

He was associated with Thakur’s NGO “Sewa Sankalp Aur Vikas Samiti” and allegedly used to administer injections laced with sedatives to the shelter home inmates before they were subjected to sexual abuse, sources close to Kumar said.

A number of people have so far been arrested in connection with the high-profile scandal, which came to light following a social audit of the shelter homes in Bihar conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) earlier this year.

The accused include many former employees of Thakur and a few of his close relatives, besides two state social welfare department officials — Ravi Raushan and Rosy Rani — who have been placed under suspension.

While Thakur is lodged at a jail in Punjab’s Patiala following a Supreme Court order, Raushan and Rani are at the Beur Central Jail in Patna.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.