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I am being made political scapegoat: Brajesh Thakur

Press Trust of India  |  Muzaffarpur/Patna (Bihar) 

Brajesh Thakur, the key accused in the shelter home sex scandal case, today denied having any "links" with Social Welfare and claimed that he was being framed due to political considerations.

Talking to mediapersons outside a special 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 in a forthcoming election.

Thakur claimed that he was in touch with central leaders of the

He, however, did not specify if he meant nomination for next year's or the state assembly poll in 2020.

Thakur's claim was immediately dismissed by the as "ridiculous".

said Thakur was "not even a primary member of the party".

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.

The JAP is headed by Madhepura Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who has been vociferously raising the issue in Parliament.

Asked about reports that he had made 17 telephone calls to Chandeshwar Verma, the husband of Social Welfare 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 (and her husband) just like I have with you people," Thakur, who also ran three newspapers in Hindi, English and Urdu, said.

is in the eye of the storm ever since the name of her husband cropped up in the case related to alleged rape of 34 girls at the shelter home run by Thakur's NGO.

Thakur had earlier contested an assembly election as a nominee of People's Party led by jailed don and former

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.

Meanwhile, today made a fresh demand for resignation of Manju Verma following reported disclosure of call details of Thakur linking him to her husband.

Tiwari said, "Verma has started playing the caste card, which appears to have the approval of and JD(U) who is wary of losing his grip over Kushwaha caste in the event of walks out of the NDA.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 15:20 IST