“All is not well” in Bihar, the Supreme Court said a day after it pulled up the Bihar police for failing to arrest a former state minister after live cartridges were found at her home in Begusarai.
“It’s very strange. The government doesn’t know where its former minister is. Has she gone into hiding?” said the top court after the Bihar government admitted that the minister wasn’t traceable.
Manju Verma had resigned as Social Welfare Minister in the Nitish Kumar government after over 30 women at a shelter in Muzaffarpur were raped and sexually abused allegedly by the man whose NGO ran the facility. Manju Verma’s husband Chandrashekhar Verma had links with the main accused Brajesh Thakur and met him several times between January and June.
After 50 live cartridges were recovered from her home during a raid by the CBI in connection with the Muzaffarpur case, the Patna High Court dismissed her request for protection from arrest.
On Tuesday, the top court asked the Bihar government why the minister hadn’t been arrested while directing Brajesh Thakur to be shifted out of Bihar to the high security jail at Patiala in Punjab. Thakur “is a very influential person and obstructing the ongoing probe…he should be shifted to a jail outside Bihar” for a fair trial, the court had said.
Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered on Monday.