New Delhi: A day after Patna High Court granted bail to former Bihar minister Manju Verma who was embroiled in the Arms Act case which was linked to the infamous Muzaffarpur shelter home case, a Delhi court fixed March 18 as the date for framing of charges against all the accused in the same case.
Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha on Wednesday passed the order after all arguments against the five accused were completed. The accused had earlier denied the allegations that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had levelled against them, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute them.
The chargesheet actually names 21 people in connection with the case.
On February 7, the Supreme Court had ordered authorities to transfer the case outside Bihar as it was dissatisfied with the pace of investigations. It had even slammed the Nitish Kumar government in the state for not doing its bit and ordered the transfer of trial to the Saket court. The case was then transferred to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Delhi’s Saket District Court complex.
The apex court had then asked the Delhi court to conclude the trial within six months by holding a day-to-day hearing.
A number 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 (TISS) 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 prison at Patiala. While other accused in connection with the case are lodged in various jails across Bihar.