Muzaffarpur shelter case: Days after SC rap, ex-minister Manju Verma surrenders

File photo of former Bihar Minister Manju Verma

Former Social Welfare Minister of Bihar Manju Verma on Tuesday surrendered before Begusarai Court in connection with an Arms Act case.

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. She regained consciousness after water was sprinkled on her face by bystanders after which she was taken into the courtroom.

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The Supreme Court had on November 12 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.

On November 16, the Begusarai court, had declared Verma an ‘absconder’ and the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Majaul passed an order to attach her properties, invoking Sections 82 and 83 of Code of Criminal Procedure. The Bihar Police, on Sunday, concluded the two-day operation of attaching Verma’s properties.

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A non-bailable warrant was issued against Verma after 50 live cartridges were seized from her residence during a raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

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.

The shelter home rape case pertains to the alleged sexual harassment of 44 girls residing at the state-run shelter home.

(With Inputs from ANI and other agencies)

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