New Delhi: The Supreme Court has come down heavily on former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interim director M Nageswara Rao, who it says has committed contempt of court by transferring CBI officer AK Sharma, who was probing the Muzaffarpur shelter case.

The apex court said that the then CBI interim chief transferred Sharma in violation of court’s order and has now directed him to appear before it on February 12.

“We are going to take it very very seriously. You have played with order of Supreme Court of India. God help you. Never play with Supreme Court’s order,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said after CBI counsel informed that two officials including M Nageswara Rao were involved in transferring Sharma.

M Nageswara Rao

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took serious note of violation of two earlier orders of the apex court and issued contempt notice to Rao for transferring Sharma to the CRPF on January 17 without taking prior permission from the court.

The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, directed CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla to give the names of officers who were part of the process in transferring Sharma out of the probe agency.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court transferred the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case from Bihar’s Patna to New Delhi’s Saket POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court. In addition, the top court ordered the Saket court to commence the trial in two weeks and conclude all proceedings within six months.

MUZAFFARPUR SHELTER HOME CASE

Over 30 girls and women were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur. The issue came to light in May last year following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 people , including Brajesh Thakur, who was running the shelter home. The probe into the case was later handed to the CBI.