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Out on bail, Manju Verma calls on Nitish; draws flak from opposition

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Bihar Kumar Saturday drew flak from the opposition RJD-combine over the visit to his official residence by former Manju Verma, who is out on bail in an Arms Act case.

Verma, who had stepped down as the in August last year, following allegations of close links between her husband and Brajesh Thakur the prime accused in the home scandal was granted bail in the case lodged at the station of district by the earlier this week.

The case was lodged upon recovery of a huge cache of ammunition from her residence by a CBI team, which was conducting a raid in connection with the shelter home scandal.

Verma, a sitting MLA from Cheria Bariyarpur, was suspended from the

JD(U) headed by the in November last year after the took exception to her evading arrest.

"The has always adopted a holier than thou attitude with regard to corruption cases against leaders of our party. Now he should explain his respect for a person undergoing trial in a serious case," national told reporters here.

His comment was in reference to Kumar breaking his alliance with the in 2017, following allegations of corruption against his then deputy whose father and party supremo Lalu Prasad is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases.

"The JD(U) chief is jittery over losing his grip over the Lav-Kush combine he had cultivated, comprising his own group and the numerically superior Koeris. But his efforts would be of no avail as Koeris have come with the mahagathbandhan en bloc since is by our side," the veteran said.

Verma belongs to the Koeri and she has been alleging that she was "framed in the case" since she was a "woman belonging to a backward class".

also criticised the chief minister over the development and asked "what message is Kumar trying to send across by meeting a suspended from his party on account of involvement in a serious criminal case at the time of elections".

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 00:05 IST