Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Investigation in 17 cases complete, CBI tells SC

The apex court had directed CBI to probe the allegations of unnatural sexual assault under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

Published: 06th January 2020 10:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th January 2020 10:27 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: The CBI has told the Supreme Court that investigations into 17 Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault cases have been completed and reports filed for taking action against the erring government servants including District Magistrates.

The probe agency, in a status report, filed in the top court said that no incriminating evidence proving the commission of any criminal offence could be gathered in four preliminary enquiries and as such no FIR has been registered.

"Investigation/ Enquiry of all 17 shelter home cases has been completed. The final report in 13 regular cases has been forwarded in the competent court. Enquiry of all 4 preliminary enquiries has also been completed and no evidence proving commission of criminal offence could be gathered and hence no FIR was registered on this count," the CBI said in the status report.

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"The CBI reports/self-contained note have been forwarded to the Bihar chief secretary for taking actions against erring government servants in all cases. Investigation of all the 17 shelter home cases including Muzaffarpur shelter home case has been completed and final report has been filed in the competent court. Self-contained note in form of CBI report has been Sent to the chief secretary for corrective actions," it said.

The CBI also said that the Bihar government has been requested to take departmental action and action of cancellation of registration and blacklisting of concerned NGOs by providing them result of investigation in the form of CBI report.

"Trial of one case in case of Balika Grih Muzaffarpur has been concluded and judgement is scheduled to be pronounced on January 14," it said.

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Several girls were sexually and physically assaulted at an NGO-run shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and the issue had come to light following a report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

A petition was filed in the apex court seeking lodging of an FIR and court-monitored probe by an independent agency into the alleged physical and sexual abuse of inmates in shelter homes in Bihar as highlighted in the report.

The plea filed by journalist Nivedita Jha through advocate Fauzia Shakil has sought "registration of FIR and independent investigations or court-monitored probe into the affairs of these 14 (other) shelter homes in Bihar mentioned in the TISS report".

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The apex court had directed CBI to probe the allegations of unnatural sexual assault under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

Besides, it had also asked the agency to probe the offences under the Information Technology Act regarding the video recordings of the alleged assault on girls at the shelter home.

The apex court had directed CBI to investigate the role of "outsiders who were involved and facilitated the sexual assaults on the inmates", after administering them intoxicants and also probe against those who allegedly indulged in trafficking of girls from the shelter home.

The apex court had earlier directed CBI to complete its probe into the alleged murder of 11 girls at the shelter home and asked it to file a status report.

The apex court had transferred the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi.

Earlier, the top court had directed the CBI to conduct probe into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of inmates in 16 other shelter homes in Bihar which were flagged in the TISS report.

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