Muzaffarpur shelter home: JDU suspends former minister Manju Verma

Patna (Bihar): Janata Dal-United (JDU) on Thursday suspended its leader and former state minister Manju Verma from the party.

Verma had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar in August this year after her husband Chandrashekhar Verma came under fire for allegedly having links with Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

Earlier this month, a non-bailable warrant was issued against Verma in connection with an Arms Act case.

After issuance of the warrant, Verma has been absconding in a case related to the recovery of ammunition from her house during a raid conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

The Supreme Court on Monday had also rapped the Bihar Police for its failure in arresting Verma.

“We are quite shocked that former Cabinet minister could not be traced by the police for over a month. We would like the police to tell us that how such an important person is not traceable? Director General of Police needs to appear before us,” the court said.

Earlier in August this year, around 50 live cartridges were seized from one of Verma’s residences during a raid carried out in connection with the shelter home rape case.