New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rebuked Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government over the horrifying Muzaffarpur shelter home case and asked why former state minister Manju Verma has not been arrested so far. 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.
“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,” the top court told Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government today.
The court also expressed shock when advocate informs it that girls in the shelter home were given drugs. “These girls are being injected with drugs so that they can be raped. What is this going on?,” SC asked.
Meanwhile, the apex court also ordered transfer of Brijesh Thakur, the main accused in Muzaffarpur shelter home case, to a high-security jail in Punjab’s Patiala. It also sought a list of CBI officers investigating the case from September 20 till now by October 31.
Earlier on Monday, Verma’s husband had surrendered before District Court Manjhaul in Begusarai.
Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the head of a state-funded NGO. The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by TISS to the state’s social welfare department. An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur, on May 31. The probe was later taken over by the CBI. The sexual abuse of 34 of the 42 inmates was confirmed in their medical examination.