Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Former Bihar minister is in hiding, Bihar govt tells SC

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Former Bihar minister, who had stepped down in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, has reportedly gone missing, the state government told the Supreme Court today.The case pertains to the alleged rape and sexual abuse of 34 minor girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur.The Supreme Court had, yesterday, asked the Bihar Police why the former state minister was not arrested in a case related to recovery of ammunition from her residence.The Bihar government today told the top court that they were not able to trace her.Manju’s husband Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered before a Begusarai court on Monday. He was booked in an Arms Act case registered in connection with the recovery of a huge cache of ammunition from his Begusarai home during a CBI raid.READ | Former Bihar minister’s absconding husband surrendersThe apex court also ordered the transfer of Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the case, to the Patiala high-security jail in Punjab. Thakur was lodged in Bhagalpur central jail in Bihar.The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to the state’s social welfare department.The sexual abuse of 34 of the 42 inmates was confirmed in their medical examination. An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur, on May 31. The probe was later taken over by the CBI.A special investigation team was formed to probe the complaints. The NGO running the shelter home in Muzaffarpur was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to shelter homes in Patna and Madhubani. Women staff members of the shelter home and Brajesh Thakur were among those who were arrested by the police in connection with the case.The Supreme Court also took note of the allegations referred by CBI against Brajesh Thakur. The top court had also asked the Bihar Police to investigate Manju Verma and her husband in connection with the recovery of huge quantity of ammunition from them.The top court had earlier termed as “horrible” and “scary” details placed before it about the investigation into the case.ALSO READ | Muzaffarpur shelter home case prime accused Brajesh Thakur moved to Patiala jail(With PTI inputs)
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