The court differs the trial in the case of the Muzaffarpur shelter house due to the lawyers' strike

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court postponed its ruling in the case of alleged sexual and physical assault of several girls in a foster home at Bihar's on Thursday.

Additional session judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha postponed the verdict until December 12, as the defendant, who is currently housed in the central prison of Tihar, could not be taken to court due to the ongoing lawyers' strike in the six District courts in the national capital.

The court had previously filed several charges, including criminal conspiracy to commit rape and penetrating sexual assault, against 20 people in the case.

The former Popular Party of Bihar, MLA Brajesh Thakur, the main defendant in the case, was charged in accordance with the provisions of the POCSO Act, including Section 6 (aggravated sexual assault).

The crime carries a penalty of a minimum of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The defendants include employees of their foster home and officials of the social welfare department of the Bihar department.

The matter came to light after a report from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).