A Delhi court on Thursday deferred its verdict in the shocking Muzaffarpur Shelter home case involving alleged sexual and physical assault of several girls in Bihar’s district by a month  on Thursday.

Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha deferred the verdict till December 12 as the accused, who are currently lodged in Tihar central jail, could not be brought to court premises due the ongoing lawyers’ strike in all six district courts in the national capital.

The court had earlier framed various charges, including criminal conspiracy to commit rape and penetrative sexual assault, against 20 people in the case.

Former Bihar People’s Party MLA Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the case, was charged under provisions of the POCSO Act, including Section 6 (aggravated sexual assault). The offence carries a punishment of minimum 10 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

The accused include employees of his shelter home and Bihar department of social welfare officials. The matter had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).