NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the transfer of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case from Bihar to a court in New Delhi.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has said the cases should be transferred from the Bihar CBI court to a POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Saket trial court within two weeks.
The top court directed the Saket trial court to conclude the trial within six months.
The apex court was upset with the Bihar government’s standing Counsel’s inability to respond to the queries by the bench.
“We direct the transfer, also trial should commence in two weeks. Complete the trial within six months. Trial court judge will not seek an explanation of time. Bihar government to extend full support and cooperation to CBI and to ensure witnesses are available and the case is transferred”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.
During the hearing, the bench warned that it could summon Bihar’s chief secretary if the state fails to give all information and the situation in the state.
"Enough is enough. Children cannot be treated like this. You cannot let your officers treat children this way. Spare the children," the top court slammed the Bihar government.
“We are going to ask some questions and if you (Counsel of Bihar) are not aware, we will ask Bihar’s Chief Secretary to appear before us. You can’t let your officers treat unfortunate children like this. We are asking how are you running the government, we are not interested in running your government”, CJI added.
The apex court also rapped the CBI for transferring its officer probing the sexual assault case and said it amounted to a violation of its order.
A bench asked the investigating agency to file an affidavit giving an explanation.
“Was the cabinet committee which transferred him informed of supreme Court embargo?” CJI asked
More than 40 minor girls were allegedly sexually assaulted over a period of time in the shelter home which was run by state-funded NGO by Brajesh Thakur.
Subsequently, the NGO was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to other shelter homes in Patna and Madhubani.
Brajesh Thakur is currently lodged in the Patiala jail after the Supreme Court on October 25, last year order.
The top court had ordered the transfer of Thakur to an outside Bihar saying that he is an influential man and is obstructing the investigation.
With inputs from ANI