Muzaffarpur: SC orders CBI probe, as Bihar govt, fails to give status report

New Delhi: The apex court today directed CBI probe against all shelter homes and their owners named in cases for allegedly subjecting children to torture and sexual abuse.

The bench comprising of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta directed CBI probe into all shelter homes as found and reported by Tata Institute of social sciences investigation’s report about torture and sexual abuse against children in shelter homes, TOI reports.

The TISS report has put 17 out of 110 homes under the category of grave concern. After the Muzaffarpur shelter home case was exposed, now the CBI will carry out the probe for 16 more homes mentioned in the TISS report.

The CBI counsel, at the outset of proceedings, told the apex court that the agency’s acting director was restrained to take any policy decision but was told to carry out the investigation as it has nothing to do with policy matter.

The bench asked the council to call the CBI Director and inform within five minutes following which the counsel for CBI informed the agency is ready to take over the cases as directed by the apex court.

Meanwhile, the Bihar govt opposed CBI probe in all shelter home cases and pleaded SC to grant it one more last chance to find the culprits and sought 10 days time to file a status report.

But the apex court rejected Bihar government’s plea and ordered CBI probe in all cases.