New Delhi: In yet another development in Muzaffarpur shelter home case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday termed details of the investigation reports, presented by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as “shocking, horrible and scary.” Further, the apex body also asked the Nitish-Kumar led Bihar government and the CBI to file a response as to why Chandra Shekhar Verma, husband of former Bihar minister Manju Verma, has not been arrested yet.
Meanwhile, the top court said it may not be appropriate to keep main accused Brajesh Thakur in Bihar jail as he is a very influential person. The court also asked Thakur to explain why he should not be transferred to a jail outside Bihar.
Notably, on October 9, the Patna High Court dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Bihar’s former Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma.
The CBI had recovered as many as 50 live cartridges from Manju and Chandra Shekhar Verma’s house during a raid carried out in connection with the case. It was alleged that Chandrashekhar used to visit the shelter home quite frequently and spent hours in the girls’ shelter home. The couple repeatedly denied the allegations. Following the developments, Verma also resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar.
Muzaffarpur Shelter Home 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.
The sexual abuse of 34 of the 42 inmates was confirmed in their medical examination.
On September 21, the SC set aside the Patna High Court order in the case which had restrained the media from reporting on the case. The apex court asked the media to highlight and report the case in a more responsible manner. The Supreme Court said there cannot be a blanket ban on media reporting in the case where several women were allegedly raped and sexually abused.