New Delhi, July 26: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered the Chief Secretary, Principal Home Secretary and the DGP to hand over the investigation of the Muzaffarpur shelter home case to Central Bureau of Investigation. The decision comes after uproar over the case that rocked the state Assembly this week. (Also read: Wife of Accused Points Finger at Minister’s Husband)
The Bihar Assembly was adjourned till lunch break on Wednesday amid pandemonium for the second consecutive day over the alleged sexual exploitation of girls at a state-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur. Congress MLA Vijay Shankar Dubey raised the issue during the Question Hour and demanded a CBI probe. Opposition MLAs, including those from the RJD and the Congress, trooped into the Well of the House and raised slogans against the Nitish Kumar government’s refusal to hand over the matter to the CBI.
Raising the issue in the Assembly, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav had said the JD(U)-BJP state government was trying to evade responsibility in the matter and it was only after a court order that the action was taken. Yadav told the House that the government appears to be “shielding” the guilty. There has been no let up in crimes against women notwithstanding the claims by the government that they could safely move around even in the night, he alleged. Recent incidents in many districts show that girls are not safe even when accompanied by their parents, he said. Kumar’s decision comes after DGP KS Dwivedi had said medical examinations of 29 of the 42 inmates confirmed that they were sexually exploited but added there was no need for a CBI probe. Two other inmates could not undergo the test as they were unwell, he said.