A special POCSO court in Muzaffarpur has ordered a CBI probe against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and two senior bureaucrats in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

This order has come at a time when the Lok Sabha elections are hardly a couple of months away and could prove to be disastrous for Kumar and JD (U).

The case had come to light last year when a report of the social audit conducted by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) flagged sexual abuse of inmates at the Muzaffarpur shelter home.

The special POCSO court in Muzaffarpur passed the order on Friday after Ashwani, an accused in the case, filed an application.

Ashwani is a self-styled medical practitioner who allegedly used to inject the home’s inmates with sedatives before they were subject to sexual abuse.

In his petition, Ashwani had alleged that the CBI was suppressing facts in course of the investigation which would come to light if the roles of former DM, Muzaffarpur, Dharmendra Singh, senior IAS officer Atul Kumar Singh, former divisional commissioner of Muzaffarpur, and currently principal secretary, the Social Welfare Department, and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar were probed.

The state government allegedly continued funding shelter homes even after TISS submitted the report that brought the horrific details to light.

An FIR was lodged in May last year and a number of persons, including Brajesh Thakur, the owner of the NGO running the shelter home, were arrested by police in connection with the scandal.

(With agency inputs)