ED registers case under PMLA in Muzaffarpur shelter home case

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It will probe if illegal funds were generated and laundered by alleged criminal activity

The Enforcement Directorate registered a money laundering case in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case pertaining to alleged rape of minor girls, officials said on Wednesday.

The agency will be investigating the grants received by the Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti that ran the shelter home. The properties acquired from the alleged proceeds of crime will also be accounted for.

The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai, to the state’s Social Welfare Department in April. An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur, the owner of the NGO which ran the government-funded shelter home for destitute girls.

In all, sexual abuse of 34 inmates out of 42 was confirmed in their medical examination while two others who were unwell were yet to undergo medical tests. The NGO running the shelter home in Muzaffarpur was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to shelter homes in Patna and Madhubani

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