Patna: After former Bihar Minister Manju Verma who had absconding until now surrendered in a Begusarai court on Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the woman who was managing the NGO, Saista Praveen alias Madhu. As per CBI officials, Madhu was involved in teaching children ‘how to have sex’. They added that ‘Madhu’ is a big catch.
Meanwhile, Verma who had been on the run for a while, put up a plea in the court to not be declared an absconder but the court. However, the court did not relent. (Also read: Non-bailable Warrant Against Verma)
Verma reached the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Prabhat Trivedi in an auto rickshaw. She fainted as soon as she entered the court premises along with a few aides, reported PTI.
She 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 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. Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home. The 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, the former social welfare minister, was booked in an Arms Act case following the recovery of a cache of ammunition from her residence in Begusarai during a raid by the CBI sleuths who were investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal. 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. 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.”
Last week, Police attached Verma’s property. The had followed Begusarai’s Manjhaul Court declaring her an absconder and ordering for the attachment of her properties.