Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case: Patna HC asks CBI special director to monitor probe
The CBI special director would be free to reconstitute the investigating team, “which shall be communicated to the court,” the division bench of the court said and added that “he shall submit the status report on the next date of hearing”.
The Patna high court on Wednesday said the CBI investigation in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case would henceforth be monitored and supervised by the probe agency’s special director.
The CBI special director would be free to reconstitute the investigating team, “which shall be communicated to the court,” the division bench of chief justice MR Shah and justice Ravi Ranjan said and added that “he shall submit the status report on the next date of hearing”.
The bench, which was hearing a bunch of petitions on Muzaffarpur shelter home incident, said: “The aforesaid order is passed to expedite the investigation and considering the status report on the investigation carried out so far …”
The next status report would be submitted by the investigating agency/CBI/special director on September 17, the court said. “All concerned, including state authorities and the forensic science laboratory concerned, are directed to give full cooperation to the investigating team and see to it that priority is given to these matters and necessary reports are received by the investigating team at the earliest,” it said.
The court directed the state government to file a “detailed counter”, pointing out how many government-funded shelter homes in Bihar were being run by NGOs. It also sought to know if the accounts of such NGOs were being audited or whether, at any point of time, social audit was being undertaken. The court also asked the state government to place on record the data/particulars in respect of the government-run shelter homes in Bihar.
The court also appointed Prakritita Sharma as amicus curiae and requested her to visit the places where the alleged sexual abuse victims were at present lodged, interact with them and submit a report on their rehabilitation.
It directed the Bihar State Legal Services Authority to provide required facilities to the amicus curiae.
The judges observed in their order that further investigation was required to be carried out urgently as any more delay might affect the merit of the case. “It is reported by the (CBI) DIG that the investigation was being monitored by some joint director/additional director, CBI, whose name could not be recollected by him. Having gone through the status report of the investigation carried out so far in detail, we are of the opinion that let the investigation be monitored and supervised by the special director, CBI, New Delhi, who shall be free to constitute the fresh SIT /team for further investigation. We are of the opinion that the investigation and the matter is required to be expedited and concluded at the earliest so that the real truth may come out and the guilty are booked and prosecuted,” the judges said..
First Published: Aug 30, 2018 14:31:34