Patna: The Muzaffarpur district administration has ordered the seizure as well as demolition of illegal properties owned by Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the infamous shelter home case, said reports on Thursday. (Also read: Muzaffarpur Case Rerun: 4 Women Missing From Patna Shelter Home) Also Read - 11 killed, 4 injured as SUV Collides With Tractor in Bihar's Muzaffarpur
The court of Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Mohammad Sohail has directed the seizure of around 40 decimal land owned by Thakur’s wife Asha who is also a member of the NGO ‘Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti’, which ran the shelter home. Also Read - Delhi Court Sentences Brajesh Thakur, 11 Others to Life Imprisonment in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case
Other members of the NGO have also been asked to submit the details of their properties. Around 30 vehicles registered in the name of the NGO and its members are also to be seized by the court. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Brajesh Thakur Among 19 Convicted by Delhi Court; Arguments on Quantum of Sentence on Jan 28
Meanwhile, the Muzaffarpur Municipal Corporation has also ordered partial demolition of the building which housed the shelter home as it violated building by-laws. “As per the building map approved by the corporation, only a G+1 building was approved. However, the building was found to be over 50 ft high (three-storey),” said a civic body official, as reported by DNA.
The case is being investigated by the CBI, while the Supreme Court and Patna High Court are monitoring the probe. On the apex court’s direction, Thakur was shifted to a jail in Punjab where he is presently lodged. The SC has also asked pulled up the Bihar government, asking its officials to explain in person why ex-Minister Manju Verma was still “untraceable”.
The Supreme Court has termed details of the investigation reports, presented by the CBI as “shocking, horrible and scary”. 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.
The sexual abuse of 34 of the 42 inmates was confirmed in their medical examination.