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Supreme Court transfers Muzaffarpur shelter home case to Delhi court

The Supreme Court Has Asked The Top Investigating Agency To File An Affidavit Giving An Explanation About Why The Officer Was Transferred Despite Its Order.

Reported By : News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Raghwendra Shukla | Updated: 07 February 2019, 12:22:20 PM
The Supreme Court said the court will summon the chief secretary if the state fails to give all the information. (File Photo: PTI)

The Supreme Court said the court will summon the chief secretary if the state fails to give all the information. (File Photo: PTI)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Thursday came down heavily on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Centre for transferring an officer probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case and transferred the case from Bihar to a court in New Delhi. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the case should be transferred from the Bihar CBI court to a POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Saket trial court within two weeks and ordered that the trial should be concluded with six months.

The Supreme Court has asked the top investigating agency to file an affidavit giving an explanation about why the officer was transferred despite its order.

“Was cabinet committee which transferred him informed of Supreme Court embargo?,” asks CJI saying it amounts to violation of its order.

"Enough is enough. Children cannot be treated like this. You cannot let your officers treat children this way. Spare the children," the top court told the Bihar government.

The bench said the court will summon the chief secretary if the state fails to give all the information.

Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur. The issue came to light in May last year following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

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First Published : 07 February 2019, 12:19:07 PM