Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal: Absconding former Bihar minister Manju Verma surrenders in Begusarai court

New Delhi: Former Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma, who had been evading arrest in an Arms Act case which cropped up in course of a CBI probe into the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal, surrendered before the Begusarai court on Tuesday.

Expressing shock over Bihar Police’s inability to find and arrest her, the apex court had summoned the Director General of Bihar Police to appear before it on November 27 if the police failed to apprehend her by then.

“Fantastic! Cabinet minister (Manju Verma) on the run, fantastic. How could it happen that a Cabinet minister is absconding and nobody knows where she is? You realise the seriousness of the issue that Cabinet minister is not traceable. It’s too much,” the court had observed. “We are quite shocked that former Cabinet minister cannot be traced by the police for over a month. We would like the police to tell us that how such an important person is not traceable. Director General of Police to appear before us,” said the court.

The surrender came just two days after the Bihar Police concluded an operation to attach the former state minister’s properties.

Verma had resigned as the minister for social welfare in August after alleged links between her husband Chandrashekhar Verma and Muzaffarpur shelter home case prime accused Brajesh Thakur.

The CBI had later carried out raids at Verma’s residence in Patna and her in-laws’ home at Arjuntola village. In the raid at Arjuntola, a cache of ammunition was recovered by the CBI following which a case under the Arms Act was registered against her.

Her husband Chandrashekhar Verma had surrendered before a court in Begusarai on October 29. Last week, the JD(U) had suspended Verma from the party’s primary membership.

More than 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.