Muzaffarpur: Janata Dal-United (JDU) leader and former state minister Manju Verma who is absconding, has been suspended from the party on Thursday. Verma has been on the run after ammunition were recovered from her residence during a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Brajesh Thakur Among 19 Convicted by Delhi Court; Arguments on Quantum of Sentence on Jan 28
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday had even slammed the state police for its failure to arrest Verma. On October 30, the SC had rebuked the state government for not being able to arrest Verma over the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. Slamming the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government, the apex court on an earlier occasion had said, “Just because she (Manju Verma) happens to be cabinet minister doesn’t make her above the law. The whole thing is highly suspicious. Why has she not been arrested? It’s too much. Nobody is bothered about the law.” Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: 'Investigation Complete, No Girl Killed,' CBI Tells SC
Reacting, Justice Madan B Lokur had said, “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 a Cabinet minister is not traceable? It’s too much.” The top court had then asked that the matter is heard on November 27 and ordered the Director General of Police (DGP) to appear before it. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Supreme Court Asks Bihar Govt to Reunite 8 Victims With Their Families
Stressing on the importance of Verma absconding for over a month, the SC had said, “We are quite shocked that a 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. The Director General of Police should appear before us.”
The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Bihar police for its failure to arrest former state minister Manju Verma. The case relates to the recovery of ammunition from her home during a CBI raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
Notably, Verma had resigned as Bihar social welfare minister following a disclosure that her husband Chandrashekhar Verma had spoken to the prime accused in the shelter home scandal, Brajesh Thakur, 17 times between January and June this year.
Verma’s husband has already surrendered before the District Court Manjhaul in Begusarai. Chandra Shekhar Verma allegedly had links with main accused Brajesh Thakur. As many as 50 live cartridges were recovered from the Verma household when a raid was carried out in connection with Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.