The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete investigation into the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, in which 11 girls were allegedly murdered, within two weeks.
The apex court posted the matter for hearing on June 3 and also asked the probe agency to file a status report before that.
Nivedita Jha, who had moved the apex court, accused the CBI of avoiding crucial leads to shield the perpetrators.
During the hearing, Jha’s counsel alleged that the CBI deliberately reduced the pace of the investigation. “It’s been three months since the commencement of the trial, but the CBI is yet to establish clarity.”
In a sensational revelation, the CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court that 11 girls were allegedly murdered by key accused Brajesh Thakur and his accomplices and “bundle of bones” recovered from a burial ground in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case.
An affidavit filed by the CBI in the top court stated that from the statement of victims recorded during the probe, names of 11 girls have emerged, who were said to be allegedly murdered by Thakur and his accomplices.
At the shelter home in Muzaffarpur, at least 34 girls – aged seven to fourteen – were allegedly drugged, raped, forced to sleep naked and scalded with boiling water. Some of the girls were also forced to undergo an abortion.
The case came to light when the Bihar Social Welfare Department filed an FIR based on a social audit of the shelter home conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
The Supreme Court had in November last year transferred the investigation to the CBI after the Bihar government failed to handle the case with efficiency.
Subsequently, the probe agency chargesheeted 21 people, including Thakur.
In the same month, the CBI had arrested two close aides of Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case, including his associate Shaista Parveen alias Madhu.
Stating that the investigation was in progress, the agency denied the accusations that allegations of murder have not been looked into.
The CBI said that it will soon file a supplementary chargesheet.