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Court rejects Manju Verma's bail plea

Press Trust of India  |  Begusarai (Bihar) 

A court here Tuesday rejected the bail plea of former Manju Verma, who is in jail in an Arms Act case lodged following the recovery of a huge quantity of ammunition from her residence during a CBI raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal.

turned down Verma's bail plea, filed through her

Verma has been in jail since November 20 when she surrendered before the court in Majhaul sub-division of the district in connection with the case lodged at the station in August.

She surrendered more than a week after the had asked the state's of police to appear in person in case of failure to secure her arrest by November 27.

The (CBI) had raided her premises in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal and both Verma, formerly the state social welfare minister, and her husband were named as accused in the FIR lodged by the

Verma had resigned from her post following media reports, which suggested close links between her husband and Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the scandal which came to light after sexual abuse of inmates was cited in the report of a conducted by the Mumbai-based

Last week, appearing before the court, Verma -- who is the Cheria Bariarpur MLA -- had alleged that she was being "harassed" on account of being a woman and belonging to the Kushwaha caste, which was a weaker section of the society.

She was suspended from the ruling (United), headed by Nitish Kumar, a month ago.

Her husband had expressed dismay over the couple's name being "dragged into the shelter home scandal" and stressed that "even the CBI has not named us as accused".

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 21:40 IST