The condition of children in Bihar’s state-run shelter homes has infuriated the Supreme Court, which today demanded the state fly in the concerned people by 2 pm to answer some “uncomfortable questions”. If the state government failed 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 senior most bureaucrat, the Chief Secretary.
“Enough is enough. The way you treated unfortunate children, you can’t let these things happen,” said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. “We need answers. Delhi to Patna is only two hours. We can bring the Chief Secretary here. But at 2 pm, you will have to answer”.
The Chief Justice, who stepped into the three-judge bench after Justice Madan Lokur retired, had a string of questions. “We want to know how many shelter homes are there in Bihar? How many inmates live there? How much funding has been received? What is the condition of the inmates.” As the state’s advocate fumbled and asked for more time, the court grew stern.…
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