Muzaffarpur: After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the NGO manager in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case on Tuesday, the investigative agency has taken Dr Ashwani Kumar, who allegedly used to inject minor girls with drugs, into custody. The CBI arrested the doctor from Kudhni area. Also Read - Man Beaten to Death in Bihar's Sitamarhi For Informing Police About COVID-19 Suspects
Saista Praveen alias Madhu, the NGO manager was also arrested by the CBI, a few hours earlier. Calling ‘Madhu’ a big catch, CBI officials told that Madhu was involved in teaching children ‘how to have sex’. Also Read - 'Nitish Must Quit,' Says Prashant Kishor as he Tweets Video of Workers Locked up in Bihar
Meanwhile, former Bihar Minister Manju Verma who had absconding until now surrendered in a Begusarai court in the day. Verma, who has also been named in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case had put up a plea in the court to not be declared an absconder but the court did not relent. Also Read - Coronavirus in Bihar: What Self-isolation? Hospitals Blamed For Failing to Contain Spread
Reportedly, Verma reached the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Prabhat Trivedi in an auto rickshaw and fainted as soon as she entered the court premises along with a few aides. She only regained consciousness after water was sprinkled on her face.
On November 12, the Supreme Court had rapped the Bihar Police for failing to arrest the former minister and had directed the DGP to appear before it in person on November 27 if she was not nabbed by then.
Verma had stepped down as the minister for social welfare in August, following reports that her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, had close links with Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal. An Arms Act case was lodged against Verma following the recovery of a huge quantity of ammunition from her residence here during a CBI raid.
Verma’s counsel moved the court soon after the police approached it to declare the former minister a “proclaimed offender” for evading the arrest. The JDU had also suspended her from the party. The Supreme Court had also slammed the state police for its failure to arrest Verma. Last week, the police had attached Verma’s property.
Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home.