New Delhi, Nov 12: The supreme court on Monday slammed the Bihar police for its failure to arrest former state minister Manju Verma in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
“Fantastic! cabinet minister (Manju Verma) on the run, fantastic. How could it happen that the cabinet minister is absconding and nobody knows where she is. You realise the seriousness of the issue that the cabinet minister is not traceable. It’s too much”, observed Justice Madan B Lokur.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had registered a case against Manju Verma and her husband Chandrashekhar in August at Cheria Bariarpur police station of Begusarai district after the probe agency seized about 50 cartridges from their residence during searches.
However, Chandrashekhar Verma, surrendered before District Court Manjhaul on October 29.
Manju Verma resigned on August 8 following allegations that her husband has links with the main accused of Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case, Brajesh Thakur.
On October 25, while pursuing the status report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation on the probe in Muzaffarpur shelter home case, the court had said “it reveals shocking, horrible and scary details of how the crime was committed”.
“It’s very scary and terrible. What is the Bihar government doing? Brajesh Thakur(main accused) is a very influential man”, it asserted.
Of the 42 girls lodged at the residential hostel run by Thakur’s NGO, 34 were found to have been sexually assaulted. The incident came to light after a social audit by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Since then, the shelter home has been sealed.