Patna: Union Minister Giriraj Singh who recently made headlines for showing his displeasure in contesting from Bihar’s Begusarai, landed into fresh controversy after he was seen sharing a stage with former Bihar minister Manju Verma, who is out on bail in Muzaffarpur shelter home case during a rally in the state.Also Read - Rajasthan Weekend Curfew: Police Intensifies Patrolling, Raises Barricades To Check Violations

After the picture of both Singh and Verma went viral on Twitter, people advised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to keep away from tainted faces as it might cost them this Lok Sabha election 2019. Also Read - Goa Assembly Election 2022: Shiv Sena, NCP To Contest Polls Together, Seat-Sharing Discussions on January 18

Giriraj Singh was addressing a rally in Begusarai on Saturday when Manju Verma was spotted on the stage with the minister. Also Read - UP Assembly Polls 2022: Ex-IPS Officer Asim Arun Joins BJP, Likely To Contest From Samajwadi Party Bastion Kannauj

The Patna High Court granted bail to former Bihar minister Manju Verma who was embroiled in the Arms Act case which was linked to the infamous Muzaffarpur shelter home case. She had been lodged in jail since November 20, 2018.

The suspended Janata Dal (United) MLA and former Bihar social welfare minister was arrested from her residence during a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid last year.

Verma’s counsel in the court had pleaded that his client was a woman lodged in jail since November last year. He had argued that she was not even present in the house when the cartridges were recovered. The investigation into the case was already complete and a chargesheet had also been filed, he further said. A single bench of Dinesh Kumar Singh granted regular bail to Verma upon her counsel’s plea.

Several people have been arrested in connection with the scandal which came to light after sexual abuse of inmates was found by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in a report of social audit. The owner of the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, which ran the shelter home, Brajesh Thakur is lodged in prison at Patiala. While other accused in connection with the case are lodged in various jails across Bihar.