New Delhi: In a series of development in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case, Additional Director of General of Police (ADG) SK Singhal on Friday said that if Manju Verma will not surrender soon then Bihar police will attach her property. The development comes a day after Janata Dal-United (JDU) leader and former state minister Manju Verma who is absconding, was suspended from the party.
Talking to ANI reporter, he said, “Bihar police is planning to attach Manju Verma’s (former Bihar Minister) property if she doesn’t surrender soon.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
It must be noted that over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the center run by one Brajesh Thakur, the chief of the state-funded NGO. The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai, to the state’s social welfare department in April. An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur on May 31.