The Supreme Court in its hearing on Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case on Thursday termed the whole episode scary, horrible, and terrible. After the findings of the CBI team probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case, the court said that the use of sedatives to molest girls residing in a shelter home was dangerous and horrifying.
The court also issued a notice to the shelter home owner and main accused, Brajesh Thakur, asking why he should not be transferred to another state to ensure a fair probe. The case was being heard by a bench that comprised of Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice S Abdul Najeer, and Justice Dipak Gupta. The development report said that the inmates of the home were allegedly sedated. The report also mentioned the building of the shelter home that had no ventilation except on the top floor.
The bench carefully examined the development report and said, that the details are shocking and it is very, very sad. This is scary, terrible. What kind of sedatives was being used for children? This cannot be allowed to happen. What kind of a person is this man?
The bench also expressed concern over main accused Brajesh Thakur’s influential political links in the state. The CBI was ordered to shift Thakur out of Bihar and keep him in another jail in other states.
The bench also sought clarification from the CBI and Bihar government in delaying a search of the husband of Manju Verma, the former social justice minister. Last month itself the Supreme Court ordered a probe against recovery of weapons in high number from the residence of the former minister.
“Serious allegations are made against Thakur by the CBI and we have also noted the influence wielded by him. In view of the serious nature of allegations made against him, it is not appropriate in continuing his custody in central jail Bhagalpur or any other jail in Bihar. Issue notice as to why his custody may not be transferred to another state” said the court.
During the hearing, it was noted that according to the CBI team, “Brajesh Thakur is a powerful and influential person who possessed a mobile phone which was caught during a search in Bhagalpur jail.”
- In total, medical tests proved 34 girls to have undergone molestation in Muzaffarpur shelter home.
- 17 arrests have been made so far.
- Brajesh Thakur is currently lodged in Bhagalpur Central jail
- While staying in jail, Brajesh Thakur was in touch with 40 people