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Bihar Shelter Home Abuse Case : SC Rejects Bihar Govt's Plea, Transfers Investigations To CBI

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| November 28 , 2018 , 16:11 IST

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over the probe into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of inmates at several shelter homes in Bihar. 

It came as a setback to Nitish Kumar's Bihar government, as the apex court denied more time to Bihar government for investigation.

Handing over the investigation, the court said, “If the state government had done its job properly, the cases may not have gone to the CBI.”

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the state was "very soft" and "very selective" in registering FIRs against the perpetrators and asked the Bihar government whether these children were not the citizens of this country.

The apex court said the report of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) raises grave concern about 17 shelter homes in Bihar and CBI must look into all of them.

A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta directed the Bihar government to provide all the manpower, resources and logistical support to the Central Bureau of Investigation even as counsel for the state government made a last-ditch bid to keep the investigation with the Bihar Police.

The agency is already investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, in which it is expected to file a charge sheet by December 7, the court was told.

SC also said CBI officers probing the shelter home cases in Bihar shall not be transferred without its prior permission.