The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file status report into the infamous Rohtak shelter home - Apna Ghar - children abuse case before October 16.
The orders came from the division bench headed by justice Jasbir Singh on Friday during the hearing of a revival application filed by earlier appointed court commissioner in the case by high court, advocate Anil Malhotra.
The application submitted that the high court had on July 19 given two months' period to the CBI to complete the probe but since the stipulated period was over on September 18, investigation of the case is still not complete.
The court was informed that as per the position on record before the CBI court at Panchkula, investigation against three accused is still pending and no charge sheet has been filed against them. It was informed that on September 25, the CBI had sought further extension of judicial remand of accused Harvinder Singh, Daya Nand and Bhim Singh Ranga since investigation against them is still pending.
A total of 103 children were residing in Apna Ghar headed by Jaswanti Devi and run by non-governmental organisation Bharat Vikas Sangh in Shri Nagar Colony, Rohtak. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had conducted a surprise raid at the shelter home on May 9 after which the case had come to light.
Later a four member advocates' committee constituted by the high court had submitted in its report after interviews of 101 inmates that they were subjected to sexual assault, brutal beating, starvation, naked parade, pornography, forcible abortions, forceful intoxication by the caretaker Jaswanti Devi, her relatives, outsiders and also the policemen.