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Ex-Bihar minister withdraws bail plea from SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former Manju Verma, who had stepped down in the wake of the home scandal, Thursday withdrew her plea from the saying she has already surrendered before a court.

A bench of and Justices and S K Kaul allowed Verma's to withdraw the petition after he submitted that the former had already surrendered before a court in Begusarai and the pre-arrest plea has become infructous.

On November 22, Verma was remanded to one-day police custody by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Majhaul Sub-Division, Prabhat Trivedi.

She was evading arrest in an Arms Act case lodged in the course of investigations in the scandal.

The apex court had on November 12 summoned the of police (DGP) to explain why the state had failed to trace the whereabouts of Verma and had expressed "shock" over the state police's inability to arrest her.

The bench had made it clear in the previous hearing that that if Verma was arrested in the meanwhile, the DGP need not appear before it.

Verma had resigned as the in the government following the Muzaffarpur case, where several women inmates of a shelter home were allegedly raped and sexually abused, after it came to light that her husband had spoken to Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the case, several times between January and June.

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at the home and the issue was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the TISS to the social welfare department of the

An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 people, including Thakur, who was running the shelter home.

The probe was later taken over by the CBI and so far, 17 people have been arrested.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:00 IST