New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Bihar government over its failure to file correct FIR in connection with Muzaffarpur shelter home case. The top court has also given 24 hours ultimatum to add charges under section 377 (rape) Indian Penal Code and POCSO Act in the FIR. The court will hear the matter again on Wednesday.
The apex court also said, “If we find that there were offences under section 377 IPC and POCSO Act and you did not register FIR, we will pass an order against the government.”
Coming down heavily on the Bihar government, the Supreme Court said, “What are you (Bihar govt) doing? It’s shameful. If the child is sodomised you say it’s nothing? How can you do this? It’s inhuman. We were told that matter will be looked with great seriousness, this is seriousness? Every time I read this file it’s tragic.”
A court in Bihar on Monday extended the CBI remand of two key aides of Brajesh Thakur, prime accused in the shelter home sex scandal, by another four days. Special POCSO judge R P Tiwari had extended the CBI remand of Madhu Kumari and Ashwani by four days, though the investigating agency had sought the same for five days.
Appearing for Madhu, who was arrested last month after remaining traceless for many months, counsel Priya Ranjan had alleged before the court that his client was being subjected to “torture” in the custody of the CBI and opposed the probe agency’s request for extending the remand.
The court, however, had granted the extension while warning the CBI that no torture should take place during questioning.
Madhu, who managed many NGOs, newspapers and other businesses of Thakur, was arrested on November 21, a day after she made a dramatic appearance in the district court premises with the claim that she had come to “cooperate” in the investigation since she was miffed over the inconvenience faced by her family members when CBI personnel visited her house to know her whereabouts.
Recently, former Social Welfare Minister of Bihar Manju Verma had surrendered before Begusarai Court in connection with an Arms Act case. Earlier this month, a non-bailable warrant was issued against Verma after 50 live cartridges were seized from her residence during a raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.
Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the head of a state-funded NGO. The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by TISS to the state’s social welfare department. An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur, on May 31. The probe was later taken over by the CBI in July. The sexual abuse of 34 of the 42 inmates was confirmed in their medical examination.