Former Bihar Minister Manju Verma surrenders before Court

Former Bihar minister Manju Verma wanted in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse scandal surrendered before a court in Begusarai on Tuesday.

Verma was on the run and evading arrest in the Arms Act case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.

The Supreme Court on November 12 pulled up the Bihar Police for its failure to arrest Manju Verma.

The top court had summoned the Director General of Bihar Police to appear before it on November 27, if the police failed to arrest Manju Verma by then. 

Manju Verma had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar in August following the revelations that her husband Chandrakant Verma had alleged links with key accused Brajesh Thakur in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case.

Over 40 girls were sexually assaulted at a shelter home, which was run by Brajesh Thakur’s NGO at Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

A non-bailable warrant was issued against Manju Verma on November 1 after Supreme Court rapped the Bihar government for not arresting her.

In August, the police had raided Manju Verma’s residence in connection with the shelter home rape case and recovered arms and ammunition. Following this an FIR was registered against Verma under the Arms Act.