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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rapes: Former Bihar Minister Manju Verma's Husband Surrenders

Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered before the Manjhaul sub-divisional court in Begusarai district where Judicial Magistrate Yogesh Kumar Mishra remanded him in judicial custody till November 6.

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Updated:October 29, 2018, 2:57 PM IST
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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rapes: Former Bihar Minister Manju Verma's Husband Surrenders
File photo of Manju Verma.

Patna: Chandrashekhar Verma, husband of former social welfare minister Manju Verma, surrendered before a Begusrai court on Monday in connection with Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes.

Verma surrendered before the Manjhaul sub-divisional court in Begusarai district where Judicial Magistrate Yogesh Kumar Mishra remanded him in judicial custody till November 6.

His wife Manju Verma had resigned as Bihar state social welfare minister in August. Defending his wife, Verma said, "I am the owner of the house from where the CBI claimed to have found illegal bullets. Manju had nothing to do with it. She should have not been named in this case."

A team of CBI, investigating the shelter home rape case, had raided the former minister's house in Patna and Begusarai simultaneously on August 17 and recovered a huge cache of ammunition, following which her husband was booked under Arms Act after the couple failed to give a satisfactory reply.

Director General of Police KS Dwivedi claimed that Verma's surrender was the result stern action against him with police planning to attach his properties on Monday.

On the other hand, Verma claimed that he was being framed in the sexual abuse case "merely on the basis of an accused officer's wife's statement".

Shibha Kumar, wife of the accused child protection officer, Ravi Raushan, had alleged that Verma was a frequent visitor to Balika Griha in Muzaffarpur where 34 minor girls were raped overa period of time. It was run by NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, which was owned by Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case who is facing trial along with 17 others.

Verma's surrender has come days after the Nitish Kumar government drew flak from the Supreme Court for not being able to apprehend him even after the lower court and the Patna High Court rejected his anticipatory bail petitions. The SC is monitoring the shelter home rape case.

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| Edited by: Sumedha Kirti
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