The top court has gone ahead and pulled up the state government of Bihar for condition of children in state-run shelter homes.
The Supreme Court today demanded the state fly in the concerned people by 2 pm to answer some “uncomfortable questions”.
The top court said that should the state government fail to do so, the court – which was monitoring the case since the Muzaffarpur child abuse scandal was detected last year – said it would bring in its seniormost bureaucrat, the Chief Secretary.
The Chief Justice, who stepped into the three-judge bench after Justice Madan Lokur retired, had a string of questions.
Sources said that the top court demanded as to how many shelter homes are there in Bihar as well as the number of inmates living there.
As the state’s advocate fumbled and asked for more time, the court grew stern.
During an earlier hearing, the CBI — which is investigating the massive sex scandal that allegedly involves influential people — told the court the abuse young girls faced in government-run shelter homes.
They were forced to dance to vulgar songs, sedated and raped, the the agency said in a 73-page chargesheet filed against Brajesh Thakur, the main accused who ran the Muzaffarpur shelter home.