A special court in Bihar on Saturday sent a petition seeking a probe against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other officials in the Muzaffarpur shelter rape and abuse cases of 34 minor girls, to the CBI and asked the agency to “look into it”. The move prompted opposition parties to demand that Kumar resign in order to “face the probe”.
“Poor orphan girls were chosen for sadist inhuman daily sexual exploitation by who’s who of Bihar coz they don’t have any family to enquire about their well being or whereabouts! But for the civil society & concerned Opposition their story would have died under weight of Sushasan!” Bihar’s opposition leader Tejashwi tweeted
Poor orphan girls were chosen for sadist inhuman daily sexual exploitation by who’s who of Bihar coz they don’t have any family to enquire about their well being or whereabouts! But for the civil society & concerned Opposition their story would have died under weight of Sushasan! https://t.co/7G1T9zlAUZ
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) February 17, 2019
General Secrtary of Rashtriya Samata Party (Secular) Asghar Ali Khan said that Nitish Kumar should have resigned on morality ground.
Hearing a petition filed by Ashwani Kumar, an accused in the shelter abuse case, the special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Muzaffarpur, directed that the petition be sent to the CBI’s Superintendent of Police in Patna to look into it. Ashwani Kumar, a self-styled medical practitioner, is accused of injecting the girls of the shelter home with sedatives before they were subjected to sexual abuse. He was arrested in November 2018.
“If CBI investigate Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, former Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Dharmendra Singh, principal secretary of the social and welfare department Atul Prasad, who was also former Divisional Commissioner of Muzaffarpur and several other big officials, the facts would come to light in the shelter abuse case,” contended Ashwani Kumar in his four-page petition. He also alleged that the CBI was “suppressing” facts in the case. “The honourable POCSO court judge… sent the petition to the CBI to look into it…which means an investigation against those named in the petition,” The Hindu quoted Sudhir Kumar Ojha, advocate of the petitioner as saying.