Properties of Absconding Ex-Minister Attached in Bihar

Manju Verma's property being attached in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Authorities in Bihar began attaching the properties of former Bihar minister and Janata Dal – U leader Manju Verma who was declared an absconder by a court after she failed to surrender before a court following issue of an arrest warrant against her.

Verma had been wanted by the police in the Muzaffarpur shelter home tragedy where nearly three dozen of the 42 young girl residents were raped or otherwise sexually assaulted by those who were there to protect them.

The minister's husband Chandrashekhar Verma's name had appeared in the list of those who were found to have taken part in the sexual abuse of the girls.

Earlier this week, Chandrashekhar Verma, after remaining in hiding for nearly a month, had surrendered before a court and was taken into 14 days of judicial custody.

Verma is facing charges under the Arms Act after a CBI officials recovered fifty live cartridges from her homes in Patna and Begusarai. A warrant of arrest was issued against her but she went into hiding as her lawyers engaged in legal maneuvering with the Patna High Court that eventually rejected her bail plea.

"Notices of her properties being confiscated at all of her known addresses have been posted and if she still fails to surrender, everything she owns will be seized," said Begusarai Superintendent of Police Avkash Kumar said.

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