The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was admonished by the Patna High Court on Thursday for being late in submitting the status report in the Muzaffarpur’s shelter home sexual abuse case. “According to the earlier order, CBI was supposed to provide a status report to the court today,” said Shama Sinha, Advocate to Santosh Kumar who is the petitioner in the case, to ANI.
The CBI counsel had asked the court to provide them with some more time to submit the report, which the court had denied and had ordered the central agency to submit it on Thursday, confirmed Sinha, quoted ANI. Upon asking CBI the reason for not submitting the investigation report, the High Court asked “why it (the court) was not informed about the transfer of CBI SP JP Mishra,” Sinha told ANI.
Sinha also revealed that the court has asked media to refrain from revealing the information about the case’s investigation in advance, as this may benefit the accused. She confirmed to ANI that the case will next be heard on August 27 and CBI will have to submit their report by then. “CBI has been asked to submit the status report on the given date. Also, CBI has been informed that no information should be leaked about their investigation. Only court will be informed about the investigation done,” said Sinha to ANI. She further added that a “responsible officer” will assist the court in the next hearing when CBI submits the report.
The case of Muzaffarpur of Bihar brought the nation a shocking news of sexual abuse of inmates of a government funded shelter home. The case has brought nationwide uproar over the fact that a shelter home funded by the state government has been misusing the privilege and sexually exploiting the minor girls in the shelter home. The prime accused, Brajesh Thakur, who ran the shelter house was arrested along with 11 other employees. The Mumbai based TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) revealed the horrific crime in the house against the modesty of the inmates and subsequently, the case got nationwide attention.