A day after Bihar's embattled Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma resigned from her post following multiple confirmations regarding her husband's contact with Muzaffarpur mass rape main-accused Brajesh Thakur, Republic TV has exposed the real story behind Manju Verma's resignation.
Manju Verma was forced to resign when Nitish Kumar asked her ti submit her papers. Three Kushwaha MLAs were sent to her residence to convince her as she protest to do so. After a failed attempt to convince Social Welfare Minister, she was brought to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's house.
She was furious and reportedly misbehaved with the CM. Thereafter, some senior ministers present there handled the situation and asked the minister to behave. Nitish Kumar informed her that all the call details goes against her husband and proves that he was in touch with Brajesh.
"I will have no option but to sack you and send the letter to governor", said Nitish Kumar.
Left with no other option, she resigned on moral ground.
The resignation comes following days of sustained and mounting pressure on Verma, who also ran the ministry that oversaw the Thankur-owned NGO where the horrific exploitation took place.
Earlier, Republic TV had questioned Manju Verma at an event, the theme of which, ironically, was saving the girl child. At that time, Verma had unleashed her security personnel at Republic TV's reporter. Upon finally being confronted, Verma had angrily rejected the notion that she should resign or be answerable in any way.
"What allegation has been put? What allegation has been put? CBI is investigating. The truth will come out. Now what? What I had to say, I've said", she had said.
The allegations against Manju Verma's husband came to light from the family of Ravi Roshan (a Child Protection Officer in Muzaffarpur), who has been arrested in the case. Roshan's family has alleged that he was arrested for exposing the atrocities at the home and had even written to the Bihar government expressing the need for CCTV cameras there. Roshan had allegedly said that the husband of Manju Verma used to visit the NGO and was allegedly involved in the exploitation of minors. The family had sought the resignation of Manju Verma alleging that she could influence the investigation.