Patna: The Patna High Court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail application of former Social Welfare minister Manju Verma. Verma’s name came up in the infamous Muzaffarpur shelter home case along with that of her husband. (Also read: Human Skull Recovered From Cremation Site)

Verma’s residence had been raided by the CBI in August. She put in her papers following the furore over her husband’s alleged involvement in the scandal. While denying her husband’s involvement, Verma had claimed that she was resigning over the ruckus created by the Opposition. She had also claimed that the truth will come out eventually. “I resigned because media and the Opposition had created a furore but I have full faith in the CBI and the judiciary. I am sure the truth will be out and my husband will come out clean. Call records of accused Brajesh Thakur should be made public, we will then see who all he used to talk to.” BJP MP CP Thakur appreciated Verma’s decision and said, “She did the right thing by resigning. Following such a saddening incident, any minister should have resigned.”

Bihar’s Urban Development and Housing minister Suresh Sharma was also dragged in the controversy with the Opposition demanding his resignation. Speaking to ANI, Sharma said, “My department (urban development and housing) has nothing to do the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. The demand for my resignation is completely baseless. I have nothing to do with this incident. Tejashwi Yadav should look within first. He has been charge-sheeted in many cases and summons has been issued against him.”

In July, the CBI registered a case on the request of Bihar Government and further notification from the Centre and took over the investigation case. In its statement, the agency said, “The case has been registered against officers and employees of Muzaffarpur’s Balika Grih. It has been alleged that officials and employees of Balika Grih run by Seva Sankalp Evam Vikash Samiti used to mentally, physically and sexually exploit girls residing there.”