‘Fantastic’: SC Slams Bihar Police for Not Arresting Ex-Minister

An FIR was registered against Manju Verma and her husband Chandrasekhar after CBI recovered arms from her residence.

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Former Bihar Social Welfare Minister Kumari Manju Verma. 
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The Supreme Court on Monday, 12 November, slammed the Bihar Police for not arresting Former State Minister Manju Verma in a case related to the recovery of ammunition from her possession, reported news agency ANI.

Verma had stepped down as the social welfare minister in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal, in which several inmates had complained of being sexually assaulted.

SC also summoned Bihar DGP and directed him to personally appear before the court on 26 November to explain why Verma had not been arrested in case under the Arms Act.

Fantastic! Cabinet minister (Manju Verma) on the run, fantastic. How could it happen that a cabinet minister is absconding and nobody knows where she is. You realise the seriousness of the issue that a cabinet minister is not traceable. It’s too much.
Justice Madan B Lokur, as told by ANI

An FIR was registered against Verma and her husband Chandrasekhar Verma in August 2018 after the CBI recovered arms and ammunition from the minister’s residence during raids in connection with the shelter home sexual assault case.

Manju Verma is Not Above the Law, Says SC

On 30 October, the top court had pulled up the Bihar Police, saying that even after Verma’s anticipatory bail application was dismissed by the Patna High Court on 9 October, the police had still not arrested her.

"Is she above the law? She might be an ex-minister, but she is not above the law. Her anticipatory bail was rejected by the high court on October 9. Why she has not been arrested till now? What were you doing till now? You let us know the details," the bench had said.

Her husband Chandrashekhar had surrendered before a Begusarai court on 29 October, the apex court was informed by the Bihar government last month.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI)

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