SC dubs Muzaffarpur case ‘shocking, horrible and scary’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, while perusing the status report submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Muzaffarpur shelter home probe, said it revealed “shocking, horrible and scary” details of how the crime was committed.

During the hearing, the apex court said that primary accused Brajesh Thakur should be shifted to a jail outside Bihar as he “is a very influential person.”

“It’s very scary and terrible. What is the Bihar government doing? Brajesh Thakur is a very influential man and obstructing the investigation,” the top court said.

The top court also issued a show cause notice to Thakur seeking his reply as to why he should not be shifted out to another jail outside Bihar.

The Supreme Court also asked the Bihar government and the CBI to file a response as to why Chandrashekhar Verma, husband of former Bihar minister Manju Verma, has not been arrested yet.

Manju, who was the state’s social welfare minister, resigned from her position after her husband was accused of having alleged links with Thakur in the scandal.

Chandrashekhar allegedly used to visit the shelter home quite frequently and spent hours in the girls’ shelter home. The couple repeatedly denied all the allegations.

More than 40 minor girls were allegedly sexually assaulted over a period of time in the shelter home which was run by Thakur’s state-funded non-governmental organisation (NGO). The NGO was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to shelter homes in Patna and Madhubani.

The case came to light following an audit report of Mumbai’s leading research institute, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).