The escaping and chase in the sensational Muzaffarpur shelter Home rape scandal finally came to end today, with the surrender of Former social welfare minister of Bihar, Manju Verma before a Begusarai District court. She has been sent to a 14-day judicial custody.
Verma surrendered before the court following the attachment of her property by Bihar police on court directions issued on November 16.
“Fantastic! The Cabinet minister (ManjuVerma) is on the run, fantastic. How could it happen that the Cabinet minister is absconding and nobody knows where she is. Do you realise the seriousness of the issue that the Cabinet minister is not traceable? It’s too much,” Justice Madan B Lokur had rapped up the Bihar police for its inaction and failure to arrest the former Bihar social Welfare Minister, Manju Verma in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case even after weeks of chase in its previous hearing on November 12. The apex court had ordered the State Directorate General of Police (DGP) to be present before the court in person on November 27, levelling up the pressure on Bihar police.
Chandrashekhar Verma, husband of Manju Verma had surrendered before the court on October 29 in connection with a case registered against him under the Arms Act, Judicial Magistrate Yogesh Kumar Mishra of the Manjhaul Court remanded him in judicial custody till November 6.
On 1 November, a non-bailable warrant was issued against Manju Verma after the Supreme Court reprimanded the Bihar government and questioned why she had still not been arrested. “Just because she 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,” the court said.
Following a report submitted on 26th April this year, by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai revealing the plight and ordeals faced by minor girls in the shelter home, wherein they were sexually assaulted, raped and forced to undergo abortions, even one was killed and buried on the shelter home campus, Verma had stepped down as the Social Welfare Minister for the State.
Earlier the Top Court had termed the findings of CBI as scary and horrible and further stated that “Serious allegations are made against Thakur by the CBI and we have also noted the influence wielded by him. In view of the serious nature of allegations made against him, it is not appropriate in continuing his custody in central jail Bhagalpur or any other jail in Bihar. Issue notice as to why his custody may not be transferred to another state,”. Following which on 30th October, the Top Court ordered transfer of Brajesh Thakur out of Bihar to Patiala jail.
Suspecting Manju Verma for her keen role in the politically sensitive Muzaffarpur shelter Home sex scandal case and close ties between her husband Chandrashekhar Verma and Brajesh Thakur, a raid was conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at her Patna and Begusarai residences on August 17. During the raid, more than 50 live cartridges were seized from her residence, subsequent to which a FIR was lodged at Cheria Bariarpur Police Station of Begusarai district in August, this year, reporting the seizure of harmful and illegal articles from Verma's residence, following which Chandrashekhar absconded, evading arrest.