Patna: Dilip Verma, chairman of the District Child Welfare Committee (DCWC) has been sent to five-day Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) remand by Special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Court. Dilip Verma who was absconding surrendered yesterday before Muzaffarpur Court.
Verma, who had been evading arrest for long surrendered before Special POCSO judge RP Tiwari on Thursday. He was interrogated by the CBI officials in the court lock-up and the probe agency is likely to seek his remand from the court on Friday.
Verma, whom inmates of the shelter home had reportedly accused of sexual misconduct in their statements, is said to be among those named in the voluminous charge sheet filed by the CBI before the court on Wednesday. Raids were conducted at several places in Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Patna districts first by the police which handled the investigation until August and later by the CBI in search of Verma.
On December 19, the CBI had filed a chargesheet in special POCSO court against all the accused in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case. Furthermore, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Patna had summoned prime accused Brajesh Thakur’s wife Asha Thakur on December 26 and son Rahul Anand on December 24.
The CBI informed the Supreme Court that chargesheet in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case was ready but the agency was discussing whether to file a consolidated final report or have a separate one on each victim.
CBI told a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur that the issue was being discussed as there were independent victims and witnesses in the case. It said it would soon take a decision in this regard.
A few days back, the demolition of a building that housed a shelter home, where inmates were allegedly sexually abused, has begun in presence of a five-member team headed by executive engineer Suresh Kumar Sinha.