Patna: The Patna High Court on Tuesday 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 was 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 pleaded that his client was a woman lodged in jail since November last year. He 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.

However, additional public prosecutor Ajay Mishra opposed Verma’s bail petition vehemently.

In January this year, a Begusarai court had the transferred the case of Verma to a special court for trial. Acting Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) Santosh Kumar had transferred the case to a special court of Additional District Judge (ADJ) (III) for trial.

Verma and her husband Chandrashekhar are named in a case lodged at Cheria Bariarpur police station following the recovery of a large quantity of ammunition from their residence in Arjun Tola locality in connection with the Muzaffarpur sex scandal.

Chandrashekhar had also surrendered before a court in Begusarai on October 29 last year in connection with the Arms Act case.

Scores of 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.