SC transfers Bihar home abuse case to Delhi

The court had then ordered the CBI to get instructions and report back at 2 p.m. An affidavit was duly filed by an officer in the afternoon. However, the court expressed dissatisfaction, saying the officer was not competent to submit it. “Never file an affidavit without your personal satisfaction on anyone’s orders. The law is your only master. Not any politician, not any official,” Chief Justice Gogoi told the officer. Meanwhile, the Bench, comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, directed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court at Saket in the national capital to complete the Muzzafarpur case trial in six months. The CBI, probing the Muzaffarpur case, sought its transfer out of Bihar, where it feared the accused may harass the witnesses. On November last year, the apex court had transferred to the CBI more such cases in 16 other homes for children, destitute women, beggars and senior citizens in Bihar. The court had specifically barred the transfer of the probe team officers without taking the prior consent of the Supreme Court. It took on record the status report filed by the CBI on the probe into the 16 shelter homes till January 31, 2019.

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