New Delhi: Delhi’s Saket Court has framed charges against all the accused in connection with the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case under various sections of the POCSO (Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences) Act.  Earlier the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) had filed a chargesheet against 21 people, including prime accused Brajesh Thakur in the case. The case is related to the alleged rape and sexual abuse of several girls at an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

Based on a fresh application, an urgent hearing was conducted before a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer on Thursday. The bench said the matter would be heard after two weeks. The plea, filed through advocate Fauzia Shakil, had sought the CBI to carry out a thorough, proper and a scientific probe into the case.

“It is evident from the statement of victims that a large scale prostitution racket was being run by prime accused Brajesh Thakur,” stated the plea. It further alleged that despite statements of the survivors, which disclosed grave and serious cognisable offences like rape, murder, gang rapes, prostitution and trafficking, the CBI did not chargesheet the accused under the relevant penal provisions.

“From the perusal of the chargesheet, it is apparent that CBI is trying to shield the real perpetrators and has intentionally avoided investigating on the leads given by the victims about the outsiders and alleged friends of Thakur who were involved in the offence,” the plea said.

The plea also sought the identification of accused as per law on the basis of statements of survivors. Further probe is needed to establish the identity of Brajesh Thakur’s guests, uncles and friends who had visited the shelter home, added the plea.

(With agency inputs)