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Bihar care home sex scandal: Absconding former minister Manju Verma surrenders

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PATNA: Absconding former social welfare minister Manju Verma surrendered in a local court in Bihar on Tuesday.

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Reports said the minister who only last week was suspended from the JD-U of chief minister Nitish Kumar reached the local sub-divisional court at Manjhual in Begusarai district and quietly surrendered before the court.

As per the report, the minister was covered in burqua.

Earlier this week the police had attached the property of the absconding former minister after failing to arrest her. Her husband too could not be arrested by the police and surrendered before the same court.

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She was wanted by the police in an Arms Act case but she has been traceless for long.

On November 1, the Bihar police had issued a non-bailable warrant against Verma after the Supreme Court hauled up the Bihar government on three successive days asking “why wasn’t she arrested, is the former minister above the law, and is something wrong with the Bihar government?”

The warrant, against the former minister, was issued for a case under the Arms Act. In August, the police had raided Ms Verma in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes and seized 50 live cartridges from one of her houses.

Verma had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar in August after her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, came under fire for allegedly visiting the Muzaffarpur shelter home several times. Her husband, a close aide of the key accused Brajesh Sharma has surrendered.

Over 40 young girls were sexually abused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to the state’s social welfare department in April. The first case was filed on May 31 against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur.

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