Tejashwi Yadav puts CM Nitish Kumar under fire over Muzaffarpur Shelter Case

RJD Leader and Bihar Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav launched a fresh salvo at Nitish Kumar led Bihar government alleging that it is the failure of the Bihar government that Muzaffarpur shelter home case was given to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the Supreme Court.

Quoting the apex court’s observations, Tejaswi said: “According to the Supreme Court, there is a fearsome atmosphere in Bihar and the Muzaffarpur shelter home case is unfortunate, inhumane, and insensitive.”

Supreme Court on November 28 last year asked the CBI to take over the investigation from Bihar police and submit their first status report by January 31, 2019.

Taking a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s ‘All is well’ remark on law and order in the state, Tejaswi said: “He was teaching lessons on law and order. He has sidelined the way the Supreme Court has reprimanded him in the Muzaffarpur shelter case. He has fixed all responsibilities on CBI.”

“Our MLAs have brought work postponement to discuss Muzaffarpur shelter home case in assembly session today which is related to law and order of the state,” he added. The RJD leader added that the proposal was not accepted in the Bihar Assembly today.

Tejaswi alleged that there is a rise in crimes in the state and asked CM Nitish Kumar to provide the data about crimes in Bihar and what actions have been taken to stop it.

Earlier this month, The Supreme Court on February 7 transferred the trial of Muzaffarpur shelter home case to Saket POCSO Court, Delhi from Patna. The Court has ordered the judge to commence the trial in 2 weeks and complete it within a period of 6months. The Apex Court also racked up CBI and Centre Government for transferring a CBI officer probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home case despite the Court’s embargo against the transfer of investigating officials.

READ: Muzaffarpur Shelter Case: Former Interim CBI Chief Nageshwar Rao apologizes to SC for transferring Probing Officer

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” CJI Rajan Gogoi said.

The Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Abuse Case had hit headlines in July was only one of the 17 shelter homes covered in a TISS study. But criminal cases have only been registered against 10 shelter homes.

In one case, TISS found sexual violence at a shelter home for boys but the  FIR  filed by the government does not include stringent penal code provisions such as sodomy. In another case, a child who refused to cook food suffered a three-inch long scar on his cheek. In both cases, the police only filed a case under the juvenile justice law.

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