The Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case will be transferred from Bihar to a court in New Delhi, the Supreme Court said today as it lashed out at the state government for its management of the facilities for orphaned or at-risk children.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the cases should be transferred from the Bihar CBI court to a trial court in Saket, which hears cases of sexual assault against children, within two weeks.
It ordered the Saket trial court to conclude the trial within six months.
The top court also slammed the CBI for transferring its officer probing the sexual assault case and said it amounted to a violation of its order.
A bench asked the investigating agency to file an affidavit explaining the decision.
"Enough is enough. Children cannot be treated like this. You cannot let your officers treat children this way. Spare the children," the top court told the Bihar government.
It said the court will summon the chief secretary if the state fails to give all information.
Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur for years.
The scandal came to light in May last year following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
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