The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete its probe in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case within three months.
However, the agency had approached the court seeking six months to complete the inquiry, reports said.
A vacation bench, comprising of Justices Indu Malhotra and MR Shah directed the CBI to probe allegations of unnatural sexual assault under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and allegations of assault on the girls being recorded.
The bench also asked the agency to investigate the role of outsiders who facilitated the sexual assault of inmates by administering them intoxicants.
The top court then directed the CBI to submit its report within three months.
The case had come to light after the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) filed a report about the sexual and physical abuse of several girls at the NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur.