The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday submitted a status report in a "sealed cover" to the Punjab and Haryana high court in the infamous Apna Ghar child abuse case.
When the case came up for hearing before the special division bench comprising justices Jasbir Singh and Rakesh Kumar Jain, the central government counsel Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu filed the status report, which the court kept in its record.
However, the court dismissed the petition filed by advocate Utsav Singh Bains against the Haryana government that the state government had failed in ensuring Apna Ghar inmates' security and the inmates should be shifted to Snehalaya in Chandigarh. The state government counsel informed the court that all inmates had been shifted to 14 children homes across the state.
One more petition, seeking revival of the case alleging that the investigation agencies had failed to probe the case properly, was also dismissed by the court stating that the CBI was fairly probing it.
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. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had conducted a surprise raid at the shelter home on May 9, 2012, after which the case of child sexual abuse had come to the light.