New Delhi: The hearing in Muzaffarpur shelter home case at Special POCSO court in Saket was adjourned on Saturday. February 25, Monday has been fixed as the date on which the remaining accused will be produced before the court. (ALSO READ – CBI Won’t Probe Nitish Kumar in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case, Say Lawyers) Also Read - Delhi Court Sentences Brajesh Thakur, 11 Others to Life Imprisonment in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case
The main accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur, was produced before the Delhi court on Friday. While on Saturday, seven other accused were produced. The Supreme Court had transferred the trial of the case to the court in Delhi’s Saket area. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Brajesh Thakur Among 19 Convicted by Delhi Court; Arguments on Quantum of Sentence on Jan 28
The accused include Shaista Parveen alias Madhu who ran many businesses of Brajesh Thakur, Mohd Sahil alias Vicky, Brajesh Thakur’s uncle Ramanuj, a former Child Welfare Committee president Dilip Verma and the state-funded shelter homes manager Ramashankar Singh. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: 'Investigation Complete, No Girl Killed,' CBI Tells SC
The probe into the case was handed over to the CBI in July last year, about a couple of months after the police lodged an FIR.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court expressed serious dissatisfaction with the pace of investigations and slammed the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar for not doing its bit and ordered transfer of trial to the Saket court.
Meanwhile, municipal authorities also began the work of demolishing the structure inside which the Balika Grih (shelter home for girls) ran.
A score of people have been arrested in connection with the scandal which came to light after sexual abuse of inmates was found by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences in a report of social audit. The owner of the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, which ran the shelter home, Brajesh Thakur is lodged in a prison at Patiala. While, other accused in connection with the case are lodged in various jails across Bihar.