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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court stayed a Patna High Court order asking the CBI special director to set up a fresh team for Bihar’s Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case. The Apex Court bench comprising Justice MB Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta  said changing the CBI team at this stage will be detrimental to the ongoing investigation.

The high court had on 29 August ordered that a fresh team of investigators be constituted by Special Director of CBI Rakesh Asthana in the case. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the CBI, brought the issue to the apex court’s notice.

The stay order from an apex court comes just 24 hours after the CBI was pulled up — on September 17 — by the High Court for not handing over the baton to Mr. Asthana.

The Muzaffarpur horror came to light when the Bihar Social Welfare Department filed an social audit and was conducted by the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

The top court listed the matter for further hearing on 20 September.


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