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Facing arrest, ex-minister Manju Verma pleads with court not declare her absconder

Press Trust of India  |  Begusarai 

Facing arrest in an Arms Act case after the alleged recovery of a huge cache of ammunition from her residence, former Tuesday moved a court, pleading with it not to declare her an "absconder."

Verma had to resign as the from the in August after reports suggested "close links" between her husband and prime accused Brajesh Thakur in the home scandal.

Verma was subsequently booked in an Arms Act case, which was lodged after recovery of a huge cache of ammunition from her residence in during a raid by the sleuths, probing the home sex scandal.

Verma's Satya moved the court of Tuesday soon after the police approached it to declare the former a "proclaimed offender" for evading the arrest.

A court declaring an accused a proclaimed offender entitles the police to paste a legal notice on the walls of the residence of accused, asking him or her to surrender before the court within a stipulated period, failing which the property of the accused is liable to be confiscated and auctioned.

The former minister's submitted to the magisterial court that his client was not evading arrest but only following the due process of law to get a relief against arrest.

Mahto argued that the former minister was not an absconder but had approached the to seek bail in the case after the High Court had turned down her anticipatory bail plea on October 9.

The Supreme Court, however, had pulled up the Police on October 30 for not arresting Verma till then, despite dismissal of her anticipatory bail plea by the high court.

The next day the apex court bench was informed that the former minister was in "hiding".

The court subsequently issued an arrest warrant against Verma on October 31.

Over 30 girls and women were allegedly raped and sexually abused at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur and it had come to light that had spoken to Thakur several times between January and June.

An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 people, including Thakur, who was running the shelter home. The probe into the case was later handed ober to the by the government.

An FIR was lodged against under Arms Act in August at station of Begusarai district after the seizure of about 50 live cartridges from her residence.

The seizure was made by the raids at Verma's family residences in and Begusarai during its probe into the home sex scandal.

On October 25, the apex court had asked the and the CBI to explain why there was a delay in tracing whereabouts of Chandrashekhar Verma, who is wanted for alleged illegal possession of ammunition in large quantity.

surrendered before the on October 29.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 21:50 IST