Patna: The CBI raided nearly a dozen properties in four districts of Bihar, including residences of former state minister Manju Verma in Patna and in her native place Begusarai, in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case, officials said.
Properties at seven locations in Muzaffarpur were raided, including a hotel belonging to the main accused Brajesh Thakur and residences of a few of his friends and relatives, they said.
The central probe agency also raided the residence of Madhu Kumari, said to be closely involved with Thakur’s NGO activities. She has been absconding. The agency raided Thakur’s home in his ancestral village Panchdaha in Muzaffarpur district.
The residence of Ravi Raushan, an accused in the case and who was posted as district child protection officer in Muzaffarpur, was also raided in Motihari in East Champaran district. Raushan has been arrested. In two cars, CBI officials arrived at Verma’s residence on Strand Road in Patna this morning and carried out an intensive search there. The residence of her in-laws under Cheria Bariarpur Assembly segment was also raided. Other places raided in Patna included the office of Thakur’s Hindi daily ‘Pratah Kamal’ on Buddha Marg and the home of a counsellor attached to the state social welfare department in Pataliputra Colony.
officer’s wife has taken the name of Verma
- During probe, Ravi Raushan’s wife had taken the name of Verma’s husband, Chandeshwar Prasad Verma, in connection with the sexual abuse of 34 girls lodged at the state-funded shelter home run by Thakur’s NGO in Muzaffarpur city.
- She alleged that Verma’s husband was a frequent visitor to the shelter home. Verma resigned as minister last week after it was disclosed that Thakur had spoken to her husband 17 times in six months.
- Speaking to the media, Thakur admitted he had been speaking to Verma’s husband but maintained they talked about political issues mainly.