New Delhi: Police on Saturday attached the property of Manju Verma, Bihar’s former social welfare minister, who is evading arrest in an Arms Act case which cropped up in course of a CBI probe into the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Brajesh Thakur Among 19 Convicted by Delhi Court; Arguments on Quantum of Sentence on Jan 28
The action comes a day after Begusarai’s Manjhaul Court declared her an absconder and ordered for attaching her properties. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: 'Investigation Complete, No Girl Killed,' CBI Tells SC
Earlier on Monday , the Janata Dal-United (JDU) suspended Manju Verma, who 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 had even slammed the state police for its failure to arrest Verma. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Supreme Court Asks Bihar Govt to Reunite 8 Victims With Their Families
Verma had stepped down as the social welfare minister in August after reports suggested of ‘close links’ between her husband Chandrashekhar Verma and prime accused Brajesh Thakur in the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal. Last month her 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.