Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday lost his cool when he lashed out at the Bihar government headed by Nitish Kumar on the ongoing probe into Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
CJI Gogoi said that the state government’s decision to transfer a CBI officer probing the case amounted to violation of the Supreme Court order. He asked, “Was the cabinet committee which transferred him (CBI officer) informed of the Supreme Court embargo?”
CJI Gogoi, according to news agency ANI, also asked the CBI to explain why the probing officer was transferred despite an order by the Supreme Court clearly stating that no officer should be transferred.
“Enough is enough. We will ask Bihar Chief Secretary to appear before us. Get someone here who is conversed to what is happening in the state. You can’t let your officers to treat unfortunate children like this. Spare the children,” ANI quoted CJI Gogoi as saying.
The state government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had come under widespread criticism for its inaction for months even though the audit by Tata Institute of Social Science had highlighted the brutalities being committed at the shelter home way back in February last year. Several girls had said that one of the men who would frequently visit the shelter home to sexually exploit them was one netaji, who was widely suspected to be the husband of former cabinet colleague of CM Nitish Kumar, Manju Verma.
Verma had to resign later in the face mounting criticism. The key accused in the case is Nitish Kumar’s loyalist Brajesh Thakur, the owner of the shelter home.
In its charge-sheet, the CBI had revealed how the girls at the shelter home would be raped, tortured and made to dance to vulgar songs to please special guests.