Muzaffarpur shelter home case: SC lifts ban on reporting

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court with an instruction for the media to exercise restraint and not to misreport or sensationalise such news, lifts the ban on reporting in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta vacated the August 23 order of the Patna High Court. The Patna High court had banned reporting on Muzaffarpur shelter abuse cases on August 23.

A journalist, who had challenged the blanket ban in the top court  seeking a stay on the high court order restraining the media from reporting the investigation. However, Justice Madan B Lokur said that when a case is going on, media can’t deliver its judgement.

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by one Brajesh Thakur, the chief of a state-funded NGO. An FIR was filed and 10 people, including Brajesh Thakur, were arrested.

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