After evading arrest for more than two months, former Bihar minister Manju Verma, who was an accused in an Arms Act case, surrendered before a Begusarai court on Tuesday. Verma, who was being sought by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case surrendered after the Bihar police and also attached her property on the orders of the court that was passed on November 16.
Manju Verma on Tuesday reached Manjhaul Court in Bihar's Begusarai district, with her face covered in order to conceal her identity. Later, the court sent her to judicial custody till December 1. However, while stepping out of the court she did not speak anything in the matter.
The police had been under pressure after the Supreme Court pulled them up for failing to arrest the former minister and had asked DGP K S Dwivedi to appear before the top court on November 27.
Bihar ADGP SK Singhal said that "the state police had been conducting raids at several places in search of the former minister and due to continuous pressure by the police, she was compelled to surrender. We are planning to take her on remand for interrogation. The Bihar police will not have to appear before the Supreme Court."
Verma had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister in August after call details of her husband Chandrashekhar Verma revealed that her husband had spoken to the main kingpin in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, Brajesh Thakur, 16 times in between six months. This established Chandrashekar Verma's close links with Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the scandal in which several girl inmates of a shelter home were allegedly raped and sexually abused.
The Arms Act case was lodged against her after CBI seized over 50 live cartridges of three types of weapons during a raid at her residence in Begusarai. The minister’s husband had already surrendered before the court in the matter. Earlier on November 19, former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi had alleged that the Bihar police was protecting her which is why she was not getting caught. Verma was also expelled from JD(U) for having caused embarrassment to the government and the party.
Meanwhile, Madhu who is a close associate of accused Brajesh Thakur and was under the radar of the CBI for interrogation has also surrendered before the CBI in Muzaffarpur along with her advocate.