ED registers money laundering case in Muzaffarpur shelter home case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case in connection with the alleged sexual assault of 34 girl inmates at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The case has been filed by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act taking cognizance of a CBI FIR. ED sources said, the agency will soon issue summons to the accused, including the owner of the shelter home, Brajesh Thakur.

ED will probe if illegal funds were generated and laundered by the alleged criminal activity.

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home, run by Thakur, chief of the state-funded NGO. An FIR was lodged on 31st May against 11 people, including Thakur. The probe was later taken over by the CBI.

The NGO running the shelter home was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to shelter homes in Patna and Madhubani.

Women staff members of the shelter home and Thakur were among those who were arrested by the police in connection with the case.

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