Brajesh Thakur, the key accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case, today denied having any "links" with Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma and claimed that he was being framed due to political considerations.
Talking to mediapersons outside a special POCSO court here, where he was produced along with nine other accused arrested in the case, Thakur alleged that he was being made a "political scapegoat" as he was likely to get a ticket from the Congress in a forthcoming election.
Thakur claimed that he was in touch with central leaders of the Congress.
He, however, did not specify if he meant nomination for next year's parliamentary election or the state assembly poll in 2020.
Thakur's claim was immediately dismissed by the Congress as "ridiculous".
High drama was witnessed outside the court premises as dozens of supporters of the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) blackened the face of Thakur while he was being taken inside.
Asked about reports that he had made 17 telephone calls to Chandeshwar Verma, the husband of Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma, between January and June this year, Thakur said, "I used to speak to him occasionally on political issues."
"I have only formal relations with them (Manju Verma and her husband) just like I have with you people," Thakur, who also ran three newspapers in Hindi, English and Urdu, said.
Thakur, whose NGO ran the shelter home, has been in jail for the past two months.
Thakur also denied that he had anything to do with Madhu Kumari, who was said to be a close accomplice and also associated with work of his NGO and an Urdu paper.
He claimed that none of the girls had given any statement against him.
Tiwari said, "Verma has started playing the caste card, which appears to have the approval of Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar who is wary of losing his grip over Kushwaha caste in the event of RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha walks out of the NDA.
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